Newsletter No. 19 : Vidarbha Visit 2018

SRT team had our annual visit to Vidarbha and we were amazed by the excitement, commitment and enthusiasm shown by the Vidarbha farmers. One of the most important point to come out of the visit was simplicity and ease of performing SRT farming method, which was evident in all the locations we visited, as most of the farmers got information through social media (You Tube, whatsapp, etc.) or via telephonic conversation with SRT Sevaks/ early adopters in that region. We feel that the future of SRT is very bright in Vidarbha and the farmers motivation for a change was evident, as the farmers were able to successfully cultivate with their own initiative and minimal hand-holding.

On day 1 of the visit, we travelled with Mr. Shrinivas Pande to his field at Khumari, Ramtek, Nagpur District on the edge of Bhander Range forest. This year was Mr. Pande’s first year as SRT farmer and he had successful implemented SRT through guidance from Mr. Bhadsavle via phone and whatsapp. Mr. Pande had also organised a successful meeting and an on-field visit for the neighbouring farmers. The farmers were impressed by the benefits and results of SRT and many were keen to follow in the footstep of Mr. Pande from next year.

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We then travelled from Ramtek to Bhandara to meet Mr. Narvekar, Superintending Engineer, Gosikhurd. Mr. Narvekar is a long-time advocate of SRT and it was under his initiative we were able to start SRT in Bhandara and Gondia district.

Day 2 started with field visit along with farmers meet at the farm of Mr. Ashwin Goswami and Mr. Mahesh Bhoyar in Bhandara District. The indept knowledge showcased by these young farmers confirmed our belief that SRT will organically grow through these enthusiastic early adopters in Vidarbha. We also visited farmers at Dharmapuri, Kini and Sakoli in Bhandara district and Chichtola, Temni, Kodamodi and Sadak Arjuni in Gondia District. The crop at all these farmers were vigorous & uniform and the farmers were eager and proud to showcase their success to everyone.

On Day 3, Mr. Rajesh Wani, one of the earliest adopters of SRT in Vidarbha, took us to farmers in Gadchiroli district. The efforts put in by Mr. Wani to promote SRT were visible with the confident SRT farmers proudly presenting their fields to us. We visited villages in Aarmori and Vairagad talukas. Unfortunately, due to time sensitivity, we were not able to visit other districts of Gadchiroli wherein there are around 300 confident farmers.

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Day 4 brought with it an unexpected surprise when we visited the village of Bothali, Chandrapur District where Mr.Arvind Muppawar has 18 acres under SRT. When we came up to the farm, it was a sight to behold with the morning sun shining gently off the dew that had built up on tip of the rice paddy which stretched to the horizon. The surprise kept on coming, when the next SRT field we visited of Mr. Sandip Gaddamwar’s from Sawali village was around 25 acres. The icing on the cake was when we were informed that in the village Bothali and its surrounding villages has around 150 acres of land under SRT.

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The day kept on getting better, when we visited Chandankheda, Chandrapur District, a village adopted under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY) by Shri. Hanshraj (Bhaiya) Ahir, Honourable Central Minister of State Home Affairs. A meeting was organised at the village which was attended by around 60 farmers. The response in the meeting was very encouraging as there was lot of interaction and curiosity regarding SRT. Honourable minister also promised to start the initiative to implement SRT in the village.

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Our last day in Vidarbha was organised around villages in Chandrapur district by Mr. Rajesh Kerzarkar, another earliest adopter and promoter of SRT. We visited cotton farmer, Mr. Prakash Khobragade, to listen to his experience of two years cultivating cotton on SRT. He reiterated the facts about the cost saving, the resistance to pest attack and the increase in production due to SRT. The crop looked healthy, vibrant and tall. Before finishing our tour, we visited farmers in Borchandali and Pawani villages in Chandrapur district.

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4 thoughts on “Newsletter No. 19 : Vidarbha Visit 2018

  1. तुमच्या भेटी व मार्गदर्शन असल्यास आमचे भंडारा जिल्ह्यात अधिका अधिक शेतकरी srt सोबत नक्की जुळतील यात तीळ मात्र शंका नाही …srt च मोठ्या प्रमाणात प्रचार व प्रसार होत आहे़ त्यात तुम्हीं व दादा चा सिंहांचा वाटा आहे़ .पुढे srt लागवडखाली मोठा क्षेत्रफळ येइल व आपला त्रस्त असलेला भात शेतकरी सधन होईल.पूढील खरीपमध्ये srt लागवड 10 पटीने वाढों …पुढील कार्यास तुम्हाला व तुमचे पूर्ण टीम ला खुप खूप शुभेच्छा …..

  2. नक्कीच srt पद्धत म्हणजे शेतकऱ्यांसाठी उपयुक्त आहे कारण लागवट , बीजे, फवारणी , खते इतर खर्च कमी करून उत्पादनात वाढ निश्चित होते .व जमिनीतील गांधूलांची संख्या वाढून जमिनीचा पोत सुधारतो .म्हणून srt पद्धतीमुळे शेतकरी बांधवांना फायदा होत आहे

  3. Excellent followup of great work .
    How is it spreading to new locations ?
    Congratulations team Srt.

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