Integrated farming System in Bidadi
One of the goals at HCCB is to simply improve the lives of people and communities. And, the way we are doing that is by acting as a catalyst to bring change to Indian communities. We have embraced sustainability in innovative ways and have been reducing our carbon footprint greatly. But, we are not alone on this sustainable journey. We are growing and developing with Indian rural communities around us. The Integrated farming system (IFS), being implemented in Bidadi, Karnataka, is a perfect example of this.
The aim was to help marginal farmers transform into progressive farmers and increase their yield and income. To do this, we distributed horticulture saplings, cycle weeders, waste decomposing cultures, and more, free of cost to farmers to adopt modern farming.
In addition to that, we conducted training sessions for farmers to best utilise the equipment given. Farmers were educated about double cropping, sustainable agriculture, and plant protection and other such methods that would increase their yields. Soil testing was done to help farmers decide on a suitable crop to grow. This helped farmers make the right decisions and minimise their risk. We also constructed composting pits and helped farmers understand how to best implement and reap the benefits of vermicomposting.
Our dual approach of providing modern equipment and teaching new farming methods had a far-reaching impact. These better methods of farming improved their agriculture approach and made them more sustainable. We have implemented many such programs to improve the livelihood of marginal farming community. With these initiatives, we empowered the marginal farmers to earn a respectable income in a sustainable manner.
Our action in Bidadi is proof that even the smallest steps can create a large ripple of change. As we evolve, our partners and Indian communities should evolve with us. Our dream is to build a culture of sustainability and ownership among the farming community that can be proud of.