The adoption of Agricultural technology for increasing crop yield and land productivity is greatly facilitated by training and adequate dissemination of knowledge.
RCF sought to bridge the gap between Research Scientist and the farmer by by setting up dedicated training facilities at Nagpur and Thal. The programmes are designed to cover both general aspects as well as region specific aspects of farming technology. In addition, means of supplementing farm income through subsidiary occupation as well as the upcoming technologies of food processing are also discussed. These institutes are equipped with the latest audio-visual aids, classrooms and also hostels providing residential accommodation to the farmers.
Special programmes for farm women have been designed to enable them to contribute equally towards Agricultural productivity. Special focus is given to farmers from SC/ST categories.
Support for our Green Madurai Farmer Educational Training
The continued creation of a sustainable agricultural system that includes our land, our food — our health – and our community, will be in the hands of the small but growing group of motivated young farmers that are starting small-scale, organic, direct-market farming operations around the country. These young farmers have the passion, intellect and strength to overcome the hurdles placed before us by the gradual industralization of agriculture over the past 25 years. To ensure that these farmers succeed, they must have access to opportunities to learn and experience the best management practices of organic farming as well as how to plan and operate financially profitable businesses. The Organic Farm School has taken on this mission and has successfully provided its students with a comprehensive education in how to start and operate a small-scale organic farm.
Our support comes from private and public sources: individuals, foundations, businesses and grants from the Indian Department of Agriculture. For the past three years, we have been building the farm infrastructure necessary to support our land stewardship activities and small farm business activities. This includes student housing, workspaces, tools, greenhouses, tractors, implements, fencing and an irrigation system. While a basic and functional system has been put into place, infrastructure is expensive and in farming – most costs are ‘front end’ costs. We have many improvements to better demonstrate best practices planned and a fundraising effort is underway to accomplish them.
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