ATMA: Agriculture Technology Management:
CARD has been associated with ATMA project implemented by Department of Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh since June, 2009. “Farmers’ Field School”- one the most effective extension programme offers community–based, non-formal education to groups of 20-25 farmers. The FFS firmly believes in the principal that farmers are very informative but may lack knowledge of new science and technology inputs like – soil and land characteristics based crop rotation, use of new varieties of crops (HYV), application of rig ht mix of fertilizers, micro-nutrients application or use of insecticides and pesticides etc.
CARD has been implementing ATMA project in 30 villages of 10 blocks four districts of Malwa region and one district in Estern region; Ujjain, Dewas, Shajapur, Dhar, Jhabua and Mandla. 2 to 3 FFS have been established in each selected block. Each village level FFS consists of 25 participants for training. Front line demonstration has been provided to farmers in terms of agriculture land, and usage of new and updated package of practices and new technologies for sustainable crop production. The major Rabi crops are gram, wheat, vegetables and pulses and the kharif crops are Soybean and Paddy. Crop season wise training has been given covering all technical aspects of crop production at the demonstration farms to the target beneficiary, and till date two kharif and rabi seasons have been covered. In addition workshops like; Achievers Farmer Training are also carried out to update the information and knowledge of trainers on crop management for frontline farm demonstrations.
ICRISAT: Farmers Participatory Integrated Nutrient Management
International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad collaborated with CARD for aresearch project on ‘farmer participatory integrated nutrient management’ for a period of five years (2008-2014) in 5 villages of Mahuria Panchayat, Agar block of Shajapur district. In this project, various agricultural development activities are being carried out with the help of farmers’ participation. This project mainly focuses on various factors to improve the agricultural production in the project area. These activities includes dissemination of different tested technologies, income generating agri-horticultural & vegetable systems, nursery raising for GIliricidia & Leucaena for planting on buds, converting organic residue into valuable manure through bio-composting and increasing forage production. This project has helped in increasing Soyabean productivity and income through sustainable crop management by farmer’s participatory approach. Under this project various newly developed technologies of ICRISAT are implemented to improve economic condition on one hand and their well being on other. It also help in reduction of agriculture land degradation in the region by using the different technologies.
350 farmers of eight villages are included in the project activities, who due to the motivational & technical trainings are well equipped with latest technologies related to agricultural development in the region. Majority of farmers are participating in various types of trial methodologies organized by the implementing agency. Different micronutrient trials were performed on agricultural fields of farmers from 8 villages which show better results. The uses of agricultural activities increase area, production, productivities and high vegetative growth of selected crops. All these activities have improved demand of good quality seed in all the villages. The high yielding variety of Chick pea gave good production in a less irrigation with minimum investment. Vermi-compost production practices were adopted by several farmers. Ten farmers installed drip irrigation under water conservation practices. Green gram showed vigorous vegetative growth and high yields on several selected farmers. Vegetable production also shows positive results after application of Zinc & Boron. Nurseries were developed by two farmers for Glyricidia plantation. These plants are grow on agricultural field boundary and other bunds. Glyricidiya used as green manure by some farmers with good results.