Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is a not for profit Trust with extensive experience in sustainable agriculture and works in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab helping the farmers to adopt ecologically and economically sustainable agriculture practices. Some of the significant achievements in the last eight years are ‘Punukula’ the first pesticide free village, ‘Enebavi’ which is the first Organic Village which have attracted the attention of policy makers, media and farmers from across the world. CSA with Government of Andhra Pradesh has designed and implemented ‘Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture’ through the women self help groups which is now practiced in more than 35 lakh acres across 22 districts in AP. In Maharashtra, the farmers from a village ‘Dorli’ in Wardha district who have put up their village for sale after suffering huge losses returned back to farming and could repay most of their loans. Significant decreases in pesticide use are also seen in villages of Punjab where CSA worked with partner organisations. CSA won Rural Innovation Awards for its work in Maharashtra and Bihar.
With this experience CSA is launching ‘eKrishi Extension Services’ to support rural and urban farmers who want to shift to organic production. These services would be available as follows.
For individual urbanites who have lands in peri-urban areas and want to take up organic farming
a. Production Planning: A farm visit to develop a suitable cropping system based on the soil type and available water and other facilities. The brief report with suitable cropping systems and production practices would be suggested.
Charges: Rs. 8000/- for up to 10 acres and there after in multiples.
b. Regular Extension Service: For those who need regular extension service, we can develop a production plan, train the people who are managing the farm and make regular visits twice a month to monitor and suggest the practices.
– Up to 10 acres as one unit
– Activities include
• Production planning
• Monitoring and training two times a month
• Trouble shooting in crop management
• Quality Management Records (PGS or Organic)
• Forward/backward linkages on paying actual (soil and water testing, soil and water management, inputs, market)
– What we can promise up to 15 % reduction in cost of production and about 10% productivity improvement
– Linkages with organic/GAP certifying agencies if needed.
Charges: Rs. 25,000/Unit/year up to 10 acres and there after in multiples.
Mr. Chandra Sekhar (09440450994) firstname.lastname@example.org or
eKrishi Farm Support Services
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
12-13-445, Street no-1, Tarnaka