INNOVATIVE FARMING PRACTICES.

Team Dugdugi has been looking at decentralisation in the field of farming and how one NGO’s efforts may potentially change the farming scenario (FARMING PRACTICES – FORGOTTEN OR FORCED TO CHANGE?)

Gram Vikas has been trying to improve farmers’ yield by introducing newer scientific methods into traditional practices. However they had been failing on account of orthodox beliefs and mob psychology plaguing the farming society. Old practices have started becoming redundant with changing climate conditions and uneconomic usage of resources.

When Gram Vikas could not communicate their ideas to the orthodox farmers, they approached it in a novel way. They introduced new farming ideas and practices to the farmers’ children and encouraged them to practice them in a small patch of land.

If the farmers are not willing to listen to know-it-all city folk, they are sure to listen to their children!

It’s a brilliant idea which uses two effective strategies-

  1. Blood is thicker than water: Parents will be more willing to listen to their children especially if it comes part and parcel of their mainstream education.
  2. Children are the future: With the attainment of this education, the students get confident in their self-esteem . They  have been much grown up and can toil for their parents as well. Parents are delighted with the new experience of farming and the satisfaction that their offspring are  able and educated to shoulder responsibility then.

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