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Generating Livelihoods through Agro–based Initiatives
With more than 70% of communities in our intervention area involved in agriculture and allied activities, ACF has developed a strong agro-based livelihood generation programme based on sustainable farming practices. Better Cotton Initiative is one such example – one that is sustainable, and profitable to both people and the planet. We support and motivate farmers to grow crop organically in Punjab, while the Seed Production Programme in arid regions like Rajasthan ensures growth of quality seeds, better yields and marketability of produce. ACF promotes horticulture, kitchen gardening, aquaculture, and dairy farming among women's group, thus enhancing women's potential to earn, and be financially secure. ACF has been promoting micro irrigation among framing communities in partnership with the flagship scheme of the Government of Gujarat under the Gujarat Green Revolution Company. Micro irrigation is also being promoted in locations of Rajasthan through pilot demonstration farms. ACF has also been piloting the application of mobile technology for agriculture extension under the Krishi Mobile Project, in Kodinar, Gujarat. Close to 2000 farmers have been covered under the pilot project under which farmers receive regular voice messages on crop management, while interacting with agriculture experts on various farming issues.
An innovative model of providing veterinary services through village-based women called "Pashu Swasthya Sevikas" has been initiated in Darlaghat by training women in the primary care and breeding of cattle. Veterinary services provided by these trained women right in the villages have seen an immense impact on livestock, given the hilly terrain of the intervention area.
ACF's multi-pronged approach to agro-based livelihood issues engages State Governments, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, agricultural universities and NABARD on various projects based on need and geographical demands of the location. Regular Interaction with scientists, agro-professionals and progressive farmers across locations has helped farming community to include these scientific inputs into their farming, bringing positive results and profits. ACF also assist farmers to establish Kisan Clubs to enable sharing information and technical knowledge while building linkages with the market for better bargains as a group.
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