Newsletter No. 17 : A month into Kharif 2018

We have had an exciting few months leading up to the start of monsoon and Kharif 2018 season. The seeds of SRT revolution sown in Kharif 2011 and 2012 are seen to be bearing results in the form of enthusiasm shown by the farmers in Kharif 2018.

Our 15-member strong team of SRT Sevaks have been extremely busy showcasing the amazing results and advantages of SRT through meetings and presentations. There were meetings held right from early in the morning to late at nights either for one farmer or 100’s of farmers. Presentations were done on mobile phones or laptops to big screens in an auditorium to on field live demonstrations at Saguna Baug and on SRT farmers plots. The live demonstrations initially were done to highlight successful farmers. It was followed by practical training on farmer’s fields by showing how the beds are prepared by manual method(spade and shovel), bullock drawn plough, power tiller singular ridger or tractor drawn BBF machine; how to spray weedicide safely and effectively; how to use the SRT frame for dibbling of seeds. Our SRT Sevaks had the work motto of ‘Wake up to SRT, Eat with SRT, Sleep to SRT and Repeat’.

The enthusiasm and driving force for their excellent work is both due to their passion for SRT and the welcome and amount of respect they received wherever they went for visits. This respect is the proof of their hard work in the previous season and the remarkable results SRT has shown over the previous seasons. However, the biggest endorsement for SRT and the work done so far was the fact that for almost every meeting there were existing SRT farmers talking about and recommending SRT. These farmers took the initiative to organise meetings in their area or for their farmers group at their house or on their farms. Similarly, we have seen that lot of our old SRT farmers have grown in self-confidence that they have taken up the mantle of SRT Sevaks and carrying the torch of SRT revolution forward.

All the hard work of previous months has paid off with some amazing results which have been witnessed from initial sprouting of the rice plants across the fields of 1000’s of farmers. Almost all the plots have shown strong and uniform growths which are showing healthy and promising signs of another successful year for SRT.

We are extremely grateful and indebted by the support provided by RPF and all our donor relatives and friends for taking part in our successful SRT journey.

SRT Sevaks July 2018
SRT Sevak team

Extension of SRT by “SRT Sevak

We organised meetings in interior parts of village to motivate farmers about SRT – zero till agriculture. Love to share some photos from such meetings organized across various parts of Maharashtra.

Farmer meet at Khed, Pune
Farmer meet at Khed, Pune
Mulashi, Pune
Mulashi, Pune
Dapoli, Ratnagiri
Dapoli, Ratnagiri
Guhagar, Ratnagiri
Guhagar, Ratnagiri
Guhagar, Ratnagiri
Guhagar, Ratnagiri
Alibaug, Raigad
Alibaug, Raigad

Photos of various SRT farmer plots from Kharif 2018

Thank you,
Shekhar Bhadsavle

 

6 thoughts on “Newsletter No. 17 : A month into Kharif 2018

  1. Simply Brillant work by Dada and his dedicated team of workers ! Very very encouraging and inspiring.

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