Agriculture Enhancement Project

Arpan, with support from Sonalika CSR, has undertaken an Agricultural Enhancement Project in 25 villages of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The project focuses on providing training and support to farmers in various aspects of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, soil & water conservation, micro-irrigation, and water harvesting structures. The goal of the project is to enhance agricultural productivity and profitability, ultimately leading to sustainable livelihoods for the community.

Objectives of the Project

Agriculture Productivity Enhancement:

Farmers are trained in improved practices such as soil & water conservation, micro-irrigation methods, better agriculture and horticulture techniques, improved animal husbandry practices, feed management, breed improvement, and operation & maintenance of farm implements.

Water Harvesting Structures:

Construction and renovation of water harvesting structures are undertaken to increase water availability in the project villages, especially in the arid regions of Rajasthan.

Demonstration of Improved Seeds and Package of Practices (PoP):

Farmers are shown the benefits of using improved varieties of seeds and adopting best agricultural practices to enhance crop productivity.

Convergence with Government Schemes:

The project ensures that farmers can access and maximize the benefits of various government schemes aimed at supporting marginalized and small farmers.

Entitlement Support:

The community is provided with social security entitlement support.

Community Participation:

The project encourages active involvement and participation of all sections of the community, with a specific focus on including the poor in planning and implementation.

Efficient Water Conservation:

Appropriate technologies and systems are employed to efficiently conserve water resources.

Capacity Building:

Farmers receive training and capacity building sessions from experts on new and improved agricultural practices.

Holistic Development:

The project promotes convergence for holistic development, particularly in areas related to food & water security, supply of drinking water, health & hygiene, and environmental conservation. Kisan clubs are formed and strengthened to facilitate income generation activities and natural resource management works related to rural development.

Project Implementation Areas

Rajasthan: Sikar, Barmer, and Jaipur districts
Madhya Pradesh: Rewa, Satna, and Sagar districts

The chosen states, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, have significant agricultural potential but require greater awareness and support for the farmers. The project aims to bridge this gap and empower farmers to adopt better practices and improve their agricultural productivity and income. By facilitating the formation of Kisan clubs and organizing regular meetings and farmers' meets, the project aims to create a platform for knowledge-sharing and addressing the issues faced by the farming community in these regions.