Agriculture sector is the backbone of Indian economy. SRI has been working effectively with farmers where there is no sufficient drinking and irrigation water and poor socio economical facility. As rain fall is low in Anantapuramu district, majority of the farmers are depending up on bore wells and rains.
High cost corporate agriculture is having adverse impact on the livelihood of farmers. The increasing cost of production and the falling prices combined with the decline in farm credit is putting great burden on farmers, which is pushing them to desperation. Since 1997, many farmers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have taken their lives. Sustainable methods for farmers can provide farm families with a good quality of life; protect our land, air, and water; and support the local economy.
SRI has conducted awareness camps to the farmers on crop insurance and dry land crops. Organization has involved Mandal level agricultural officers and Mandal development officers as resource persons. Agricultural officers explained about the soils tests and crop timings and insurance to the farmers. Mandal development officers explained about the schemes from government to the farmer’s welfare and government Minimum Support Price MSP. Farmers have received the information and got benefited.
SRI has so far trained above 100,000 men and women farmers on biodiversity conservation and organic farming. The group is presently working in about 100 villages of Anantapuramu. Biodiversity based farming has changed the economic status of the member farmers across the Anantapuramu.
The Farmer Awareness and Training Programme offer support to farmers in the region and that will help farmers and their families in the long run. Our commitment to connect prospective farmers to experience the programmes each season. We stand out through our commitment to facilitate farmer-to-farmer experiential education. Our standards of performance are measured by the number of farmers we help to successfully enter or transition into sustainable agriculture production and the linkages we are able to make in the areas of land acquisition, start-up capital, and markets. We know we have succeeded when the number of local food farmers and supply of local food increases.