Farmer Support Programme in Responsible Soya (SOLIDARIDAD)



The Malwa plateau region has rich fertile lands over-used with excessive application of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and wrong agricultural practices (including excessive irrigation). The landowner community of Patidars or Patels owns these lands. The scheduled castes and scheduled tribes generally inhabit the slopes and hills, which are less productive. These economically weaker and agriculturally backward communities till their own small and marginal lands, and provide cheap labour to the neighbouring landed community. The western tribal area is a part of Malwa Region comprising contiguous districts of Jhabua and Dhar. The area is predominantly tribal and is directly dependent on a rapidly degrading natural resource base for livelihoods. The primary occupation is agriculture, except for a minority; the production of food crops for subsistence dominates agriculture. The area is prone to the incidence of consecutive years of drought. Soybean is the most popular oilseed crop in the whole Malwa region and occupies more than 90 percent area of the Kharif season crops, and more than half of the total farmers’ strength is either marginal (less than 1 ha. Holding) or small ( 1-2 ha. Holding) but they together hold less than 15% of total land.

The CARD- Solidaridad Network association is proposed in selected village clusters in ninety villages in eleven blocks of 5 districts covering 9000 farming households. Most of these households are sowing wheat and gram during rabi and soya, maize cotton during Kharif. CARD is already working in these areas with government and private projects.

S.No. District Blocks Villages Households FIG Details
1. Ujjain Tarana
10
1800
Ghatia
5
400
Ujjain
5
400
2. Dewas Tonkhurd
5
500
Dewas
10
1000
3. Dhar Tirla
20
1800
Nalcha
10
800
4. Jhabua Petlawad
5
500
Jhabua
5
300
5. Shajapur Agar
10
1000
NalKheda
5
500
Total
90
9000