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Campaigning on Sustainable Agriculture Policies

Mandal level Sustainable Agriculture campaign conducted: 

8 mandal level campaigns have been organized on Sustainable Agriculture, in all the 8 mandals of AF’s program area. Totally about 3,000 farmers (About 1,400 men and 1,600 women) have participated in these campaigns. In these campaigns the advantages of Sustainable Agriculture, the ill-effects of Green Revolution model of agriculture and issues in practicing of Sustainable Agriculture were discussed extensively. The emerging issues from these campaigns were discussed in the district level Farmers Conference, organized by AF during March 2009, in collaboration with a group of likeminded NGOs, involved in promoting Sustainable Agriculture, like CSA (Hyderabad), APPS, TIMBAKTU Collective and FES. The purpose of the Conference was to formulate favorable policy recommendations on Sustainable Agriculture in a participatory process with farmers. The Conference was well attended by about 1400 farmers having inclination to Sustainable Agriculture across the District. Special efforts were made to involve more women farmers. Consequently 60% of the participants were women. Besides a no. of Activists, Scientists, and officials from agriculture department, and agriculture research bodies also participated. During the last 2 years, AF conducted policy campaigns on two major themes, i.e. Sustainable Agriculture & NREGP.

Recommendations from the campaigns: 

  • Appointing a “Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers Welfare” to recommend appropriate policies for Sustainable Agriculture in Anantapur District, with due emphasis on rain fed agriculture and rain fed farmers.
  • Implementing integrated, bio-mass intensive, micro-watershed development in the District with emphasis on Sustainable Agriculture and natural resources.
  • Providing incentives to farmers for practicing SA practices like preparation & application of bio-manures and bio-pest control practices @ Rs.3000 per acre.
  • Providing long-term and mid-term based additional incentives, particularly for perennial tree crops like Mango, Tamarind, Sweet Lime, Pomegranate etc.
  • Ensuring remunerative prices and marketing facilities for all crops grown using Sustainable Agriculture practices. 
  • Providing critical (protective) irrigation for all rain fed crops in case of long dry spells. Provide 100% coverage of micro irrigation facilities for efficient water use.
  • Replacing crop insurance with income insurance for all crops and farmers. The sum assured must cover crop investment plus an additional 50%,to compensate the value of the yield lost and thus provide income insurance to the farmer.
  • Organizing seed production in every panchayat and facilitate seed banks, managed by farmers, with local, non-hybrid and non-genetically modified seed.
  • Introducing the locally grown millets and pulses like Jowar, Ragi, Red gram etc., in the subsidized Public Distribution System (PDS).
  • Organizing Sustainable Agriculture Farmers’ Groups on the lines of women SHGs and federate them at Mandal, District and State level, to play a vital role in transforming the conventional agriculture into Sustainable Integrated Farming.
  • Establishing a region-specific and farmer-centric extension service system including farmer’s extension institutions for propagating Sustainable Agriculture.

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