Vibhavari has been conducting a consultancy program for agricultural income enhancement by providing information on new scientific techniques and other related information to farmers. Farmers have adopted these new techniques including advance irrigation systems such as drip watering and sprinkler systems, new and better seeds, organic farming and integrated pest management techniques. This not only reduced the expenditure but also resulted in better crop yield.
Vibhavari has been conducting agricultural income enhancement program with ITC under ITC Mission Sunehara Kal in 45 villages of Sehore district. This program includes training & capacity building of farmers through FFS (farmer field school) and introducing advanced technologies. Through this program, Vibhavari has trained more than 2000 male and 850 female farmers of Sehore district.
Customer Hiring Centers have been established, which are being run by farmer groups themselves. These provide advanced equipment to farmers on very little rent. This is a key step to promote advanced practices among even small & marginalized farmers. In Sehore district, 7 CHC are running in a cluster of 23 villages. More than 1500 small and marginalized farmers are facilitated of advanced agricultural techniques for growth in productivity and income.
Climate smart Agriculture is an approach for developing agricultural practices adaptive for climate change and to increase agricultural productivity and income. This program will help develop CSV Climate Smart Village through training and capacity building of farmers for climate change adaptive agriculture.
The program is being implemented in about 117 villages spread in various districts including Sehore, Ratlam, Ujjain & Agar. About 2700 farmers are directly involved in the program as Champion Farmers. Every champion farmer is implementing Climate Smart agricultural techniques under guidance of a team of agricultural experts.
It is worth mentioning that in the process of preparing IEC material on Climate Smart Agriculture, Vibhavari uniquely conceptualized and designed various plays, comic strip, and information calendar in simple and easy to understand format.
Vibhavari started organic Farming Campaign in the year 2006-07. This campaign was aimed to promote organic farming with use of organic manure. Campaign also highlighted organic pest control methods and its benefits in more than 10 districts of M.P. More than 10,000 farmers adopted organic farming and started benefitting from it.
The prevalent agricultural practices like deforestation, uncontrolled use of fertilizers and pesticides, extensive water usage for irrigation, etc., lead to depletion of top layer of soil. Our regular agri-practices are exploiting this layer to the extent of permanent damage. Vibhavari conducted soil health awareness camps and gave farmers necessary information about their farmland soil quality and pattern with the help of soil testing kit. Campaign covered 30 villages of Dewas district with the help of Land Care, Australia.