• SAM project initiated by Mukti in 2010 after cyclone Aila.
• Aims to reclaim flooded land and promote sustainable farming practices.
• Provides farmers with a sustainable means of livelihood through organic agriculture.
• Addresses issues of migration and poverty-alleviation after natural disasters.
• SAM project promotes sustainable agriculture among rural farmers.
• Aims to improve food security, productivity, and mitigate negative environmental impacts.
• Enhances soil fertility and socio-economic development through initiatives like alternative cropping, farming equipment provision, vermicomposting, grafting, etc.
• Promotes integrated farming practices to maximize resource efficiency and minimize waste.
• Emphasizes cyclical use of produce and excess for long-term sustainability.
• Ongoing project with a dedicated team of 25 people.
• Program manager oversees overall implementation.
• Over 11,000 farmers trained in organic agriculture practices.
• Focus on skill enhancement, farmers’ training, kit support, and organic practices.
• Aim to boost the rural economy.
• The exclusion of chemical fertilizers and pesticides improves soil health, reduces cultivation costs, and increases profitability.
• Farming families experience approximately a 30% rise in income.
• Previously hesitant farmers are now more willing to participate in cultivation.
• The project contributes to socio-economic development among farmers.
• Mukti Fresh, a community business unit of MUKTI, links over 8,000 farmers to the market, providing new economic opportunities.
From Disaster to Sustainability: The Story of Koushalya’s Organic Farming
Koushalya Kayal's life changed drastically in 2009 when the devastating Cyclone Aila ravaged her cultivated land with saline water. With her husband unable to contribute to manual labor, Koushalya was faced with the daunting task of providing for her family alone. But instead of giving up, she turned to organic farming as a solution. Starting with just 0.55 acres of land in the Sunderbans region, Koushalya committed herself to the principles of organic farming. Through hard work and perseverance, Koushalya has not only regained the fertility of her land but also increased her income, all while practicing sustainable agriculture. She has become a role model for other women in her village who are now following in her footsteps. "Organic farming has changed my life," says Koushalya. "It has given me the means to support my family and become financially independent. I am grateful for the support of organizations like Mukti who have shown us the way to sustainable living.
Bidhu Bhushan Halder is a successful organic farmer from Damkal, Raidighi in South 24 Parganas district. After his arable land was flooded with saltwater during the devastating Cyclone Aila in 2009, Bidhu faced extreme difficulties as he could not cultivate any crops due to the salty soil. In need of assistance, he turned to Mukti, which provided him with training and other resources to help him restart his farming business. Through the use of modern technology and organic fertilizers, Bidhu gradually restored the cultivability of his land and reduced his farming costs, resulting in increased profits. Inspired by his success, Bidhu encouraged other farmers to follow his lead and adopt sustainable farming practices. He is grateful to Mukti for showing him the light of hope and is optimistic about the future of his farming business.