The district of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh abounds in natural resources, and is yet one of the most backward in India. Low food productivity, high dependence on wages, increased sale of fuel wood and high incidences of migration are some of the critical issues in the region. Agriculture is predominantly rain-fed, with about 5-7% of the total area under cultivation.
By enhancing agricultural productivity through dissemination of specialised knowledge and technology, this project works towards improving livelihoods and ensuring food security of the tribal households over longer durations.
At the core of the programme is an improved package of practices for intensifying existing agricultural production in the region. These include introducing transplantation methods and SRI for paddy; line sowing for maize; intensifying pulses, oilseeds, kodo and kutki; bringing about varietal change options for crops; promoting intercropping; introducing LEISA techniques; integrating agro-forestry and agro-horticulture systems with agriculture; introducing IPM; developing backward support for agricultural systems by promoting composting techniques, and improved vegetable cultivation, among others.
Farmer Field Schools (FFS) with specially designed training modules will facilitate knowledge and technology to the farmers, and training of village-level cadre of resource persons will ensure outreach to larger sections of the community over longer durations of time.
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust