With successful implementation of its climate adaptive farming techniques in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, Caritas India is sharing the new techniques at an agricultural event organized in Vienna, Austria.
The Strengthening Adaptive Farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal (SAFBIN) program of Caritas India is part of the May 5-8 event organized by AGRINATURA in Vienna.
AGRINATURA is an association of major research and education stakeholders in Europe dealing with agricultural research and higher education for development.
On-farm adaptive research undertaken by farmers of the three countries under the SAFBIN program in the last four seasons will be highlighted during the event.
The farmers in Satna, Madhya Pradesh have shown remarkable adaptation skills during variation in rainfall in Kharif season (summers), which could lead to variation in temperature and humidity with a high chance of crops being adversely affected.
They eased the impending hazards with simple but effective irrigation of excess rainwater coupled with scientifically approved organic pest control methods.
In yet another example, 100 percent crop loss in potato at tuber initiation stage during the last Rabi season due to heavy frost attack caused by sunny day, clear sky and north wind conditions was averted.
The process involved a combination of modern and traditional practices like irrigation and ash application during frost favorable climate condition, use of local variety, seed treatment, ridge sowing, smoke treatment, organic manure and bio-pest repellents.
These and some of the other best practices and trials on climate adaptive farming as documented over the last four trial seasons by some 106 farmers collective in pockets of Bangladesh, India and Nepal have amazed even professionals, said Caritas India in a statement.
“Agricultural profit could be increased up to 200 per cent with the help of seed selection technology,” said project head in India Sunil Simon, who would be part of the panel to discuss ‘Partnerships and transformative learning alliances of food system actors’ on the final day of event.
Caritas India Assistant Executive Director Fr. Paul Moonjely was one of the speakers during the inaugural session on May 5 will deliberated on empowering small-scale farmers to participate in markets.
SAFBIN is jointly undertaken by Caritas Austria and India with financial support from European Union. Its trial and research approach with farmers on board is committed to putting in place the lost trust in agriculture sector.
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