Renewing Agricultural Systems
Landgrabbers and middle-men have demotivated the marginalized farmers, who often lease their lands out of poverty for a low price.
Awareness programs on land utilization using their own resources, is an eye opener for the rural farmer. It is amazing to observe the changes. Palm2 offers a complete farming package with 12 subjects in organic farming, working with more than 4000 farmers. Waste disposal, tree planting and environmental issues are part and parcel of this program.
Above an exposure visit by PALM staff and farmers to a well established organic farm of Mr. Rajan
Achievements : 18 Tea societies, 56 NABARD farmers clubs, 103 Farmers Interest Groups ( FIG’s ) and 360 Joint Liability Groups ( JLG’s ) have been formed by PALM 2 . Out of the FIG’s one Farmers Producer Company was formed in Thalavadi and one is being formed in the Gudalur Thaluk in the second part of 2016.
Some of the challenges are:
- – changing the mindsets towards organic farming
- – alter quick cash crops into longterm sustainable agriculture
- – do away with mono-culture
- – not aware of the importance of trees
- – unconcerned of climate change and its effects
- – lack of water management and availability .
Details of the Farmer Producer Companies :
The Farmer’s Producer Organization ( FPO )
Palm 2 has been working with 10000 farmers and is promoting 3 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) for the last two years, this program is supported by NABARD
Among the three Farmer Producer Companies( Gudalur & Thalavadi in Tamilnadu state and Hangala in Karnataka state) The first one was registered in the Thalavadi Taluk, Erode District of Tamil Nadu state. Business operations commenced. The second FPO is being registered in 2016 in Gudalur . Palm 2 supports the project as follows :
1) strengthening the farmers capacity through training in agricultural best practices for enhanced productivity.
2) increasing the entrepreneurial attitude and business approach among the farmers;
2) ensuring access to and usage of quality inputs and services for intensive agriculture;
3) enhancing cluster competitiveness;
4) facilitating access to fair and remunerative markets including linking producer groups to marketing opportunities by market aggregators.
Vision and Objectives of the FPO
Sustainable agriculture practices through collective action.
- To train the farmers in sustainable methods and adopt to low external input technologies to reduce the cost of cultivation.
- To develop an entrepreneural approach among the farmers
- To promote mixed cropping and to increase the productivity of vegetables, millets, fruits, spices and herbs thereby increasing the income level of farmers.
- To support marketing the farmer products.
- To promote conservation, production and marketing of farmers produce.
- To support climate smart agriculture practices and optimum use of natural resources.