The untimely heavy rains for the past few days have caused threats to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and their food security by damaging crops and seeds. In rural and remote areas of Sundarbans, farmers strongly rely on natural resources and have no alternative source of income or employment, making them more vulnerable to a crisis. In such situations, appropriate and timely distribution of seeds can bring very significant improvements to agricultural production and food security.
To ensure they begin to produce food for themselves as early as possible to prevent hunger, and as a source of calories, protein, and critical micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) Mukti has started a seed distribution program among the affected farmers. The program has been organized at Mukti SAM (Sustainable Agricultural Movement) office at Purba Sridharpur. 551 farmers of 8 villages of Nagendrapur and Kankandighi Gram Panchayat have received the support. Mukti has provided the seeds of Tomato, Brinjal, Cucumber, Radish, Carrot, Red Amaranth, Bottle Gourd, Pumpkin, Bean, etc. Farmers themselves have chosen the seeds of their choice which they like to cultivate.
Beneficiaries have thanked Mukti for the prompt action. Mukti hopes that since it is the monsoon season the crops will receive the necessary sunlight, air, and water resulting in a bountiful harvest for the farmers.