• Prolonged use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides led to a decline in soil fertility
• Farmers experienced lower yields despite extensive fertilizer and pesticide application
• Significant losses in cultivation and increased risk of farmer migration
• MUKTI initiated the project to improve soil health through organic farming
• Aims to promote socio-economic development of farmers
• The primary goal of this project was to enhance soil fertility while promoting the socio-economic development of farmers.
• This objective was accomplished through a range of initiatives, including providing organic training to farmers on modern techniques of organic farming.
• Additionally, vermi-compost pits were introduced to enable farmers to produce their own high-quality organic fertilizers, reducing their dependence on the market.
• Furthermore, drums were distributed to facilitate the creation of other organic fertilizers and pesticides, empowering farmers to adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in their agricultural endeavors.
• Project involve a dedicated program manager and a team of experts and supervisors who are responsible for overseeing the project’s implementation.
• Key objectives of the project is to develop a Training of Trainers (ToT) model, enabling the dissemination of knowledge and expertise to a broader audience.
• Farmers acquired the ability to prepare over 22 types of organic manures and plant protection materials
• Large-scale arable land revived under organic farming
• Enhancement of soil quality through application of organic fertilizers and microorganisms
• Decreased production costs and substantial increase in farmers’ income (approximately 30%)
• Approximately 8,500 farmers actively practicing sustainable farming methods
• Improved standard of living for farmers
• 121 Mt of vermi-compost produced by farmers
• 70 MT of other organic manures produced by farmers
Prasenjit Gharami – Overcoming Challenges Through Organic Farming
Prasenjit Gharami, a well-known organic farmer from Uttarakankandighi, Raidighi in South 24 Parganas district, faced significant challenges with declining crop production and the adverse effects of chemical farming. His father, Bhim Gharami, lost his eyesight temporarily due to pesticide exposure. Determined to change their circumstances, Prasenjit embraced organic farming after receiving training from Mukti. He began making organic manure at home and experienced a reduction in cultivation costs. Through organic farming, Prasenjit achieved success, improving his income and quality of life. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Mukti for their support in the journey towards organic farming
Empowering Change: Tilottama Shasmal’s Journey in Organic Farming
Tilottama Shasmal, a renowned organic woman farmer from Paschim Jata, Raidighi in South 24 Parganas district, faced the challenges of declining fertility and decreasing income due to chemical farming practices. With a family of six and three bighas of cultivated land, farming was their primary occupation.In 2021, Tilottama received training on organic farming provided by Mukti, which prompted her to restore the fertility of her land. Gradually, her production began to increase as she made organic manure at home and applied it to her land. This resulted in reduced cultivation costs. With her determination, she converted all her land to organic farming and became a source of inspiration for other farmers.Tilottama Shasmal has become a well-known name in the area as a successful female farmer. She emphasized, "Using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, we were barely earning anything, often having to pay vendors after each cropping season. However, after receiving training on making organic manure and obtaining a vermi-compost pit, we can now save money and earn a sustainable income for our family." Tilottama expressed her gratitude to Mukti for their support in empowering them to pursue organic farming.
Uttam Maity, a renowned organic farmer from Nagendra Pur, Raidighi in South 24 Parganas district, faced financial struggles due to the high cost of production and declining fertility of his land. Two years ago, he cultivated cauliflower and cabbage using chemical fertilizers, which resulted in financial losses. In 2021, Uttam received training on organic farming provided by Mukti. He began making organic manures at home and witnessed a gradual improvement in the soil health of his land. With reduced cultivation costs, his production started to increase. Inspired by his success, he converted all his land to organic farming and expressed his gratitude to Mukti for bringing light into his life and supporting organic farming.