Ganpat Bhoye, a Tribal farmer, lives in Kadachimate, Jawhar is only bread earner of family of 6 members.Â He used to cultivate rain fed crop like rice and ragi, giving yearly food stock for his family, however it was a challenge to meet his financial needs. Despite owning more than 5 acres of land, he was cultivating only 2 acres, as rest of the land had become barren due to lack of water. Tata Power introduced sustainable farming methods (wadi farming) by providing partial financial support. Ganpat started wadi farming in 2017 with Champak flower (Sonchafa) plantation for which irrigation was done through farm pond construction. He has cultivated 415 plants, which has helped him to earn income of Rs. 2000 to Rs. 15000 per day (during the flowering season). Ganpat and his family are very happy there is improvement in their quality of life and this has given them a sustainable livelihood source.
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - AT JAWAHAR
In Kadachimate, Jawhar integrated watershed development programme along with provision of improved variety of seeds was started in â€¦., due to which agrarian families have moved to multi-seasonal farming from rain-fed farming. Barren land available with the farmers has been brought under cultivation. This year around 1500 plants of Champak flower (Sonchafa) were distributed to the farmers. The plant can survive for 40 to 50 years and each plant can give 20 to 50 flowers a day. This flower has good demand as it has multiple uses especially due to it fragrance. Market linkages have been established with local markets for regular supply and hence providing sustainable source of income to the farmers. Going forward we are going to engage more farmers and link them with government schemes to get drip irrigation facility, to improve rate of production, through effective and regular irrigation.
Monthly income Rs. 6000 - 10000