In an attempt to address the problems associated with forced migration and to create livelihood opportunities, Goonj along with its partner organization, developed a sustainable and profitable model of Community Farming to help the local communities of Beed (Maharashtra) under Goonj’s ‘Vaapsi’ (Livelihood) initiative to support around 160 individuals with seeds and farming materials apart from backing them in procuring 15 acres of land on lease and in contributing towards the first year’s rent. With the participants undertaking the planting of soybean, cauliflower and cabbage on large areas, the initiative that began in June 2020 has received a great response. With their once low yielding field recently yielding around 400 kilograms of capsicum, the participants were happy in not only being able to sell their produce at market rates but also in being able to utilize their profits towards meeting the operation costs as well in paying the workers’ wages. Furthermore, the participants were also made aware of available government schemes including the scheme for installation of drip irrigation systems.
Going sustainable with community farming
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