Freed Bonded labourers at 20 locations with Organic Farm Schools aim at declaring their habitations as Sustainable Freedom Villages (Pragati Gram) demonstrating a model at micro level that could contribute towards achieving the Global Sustainable Goals 2030 to End Hunger, Achieve Food Security & improved Nutrition, and Promote Sustainable Agriculture.
In an effort to ensure sustainable freedom through increased income, PGS supports liberated bonded labourers in on-going management of a Farmers’ Producer Company. Comprised of 350 former bonded labourers, the producer company is a community-initiated activity in which agricultural inputs such as seeds, organic pesticides, vermi-compost and agri-implements are provided at a subsidized cost through 4 Agri-service centers.
After harvesting their crops, members of the producer company are linked with the appropriate markets in order to obtain sustainable sources of income through on-line and off-line marketing channels. Members of the producer company harvest products such as brown rice, millet, flour, pickles, chilli, chestnuts, and lemons. During 2018-19 it is expected that an additional 150 farmers will join the producer group, resulting in a total of 500 farmer participants.
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It is a step towards sustainability where the Freed bonded labourers will start earning income on sustainable basis through their Farmer Producer Organization (FPO). This will thereby eliminate their dependency on bad loans. The food and nutritional security will be achieved and expenditure on treatments will be reduced.
Farmer's Producer Company
Farmer's Producer Company, called 'Pragati Gram Fresh' is a Producer Company registered under the Companies Act, 2002. It is an initiative by about 150 first generation owner cultivators located in remote areas of Allahabad district. After getting agricultural lease rights from the government these cultivators have freed themselves from intergenerational debt-bondage. With the support of NABARD, we came together and formed the producer company with a focus on innovations in organic farming.
Nearly 150 Progressive farmers from different parts of the district have also joined our organic initiative by dedicating a proportion of their land for the purpose. All our farmers have got themselves registered for organic certification under PGS system with the National Centre for Organic Farming (NCOF), the nodal agency nominated by the Govt. of India for organic certifications. NCOF has granted PGS-green certificate to these farmers as an approval for organic transition practices. After pursuing cultivation practices of organic transition for a period of three years the farmers will be eligible for certificate of PGS-Organic.
Our member farmers are cultivating grains, pulses, oilseeds, spices, vegetable and fruits. With the support of qualified professionals they are also participating in various post-harvest value-addition practices like sorting, grading, packaging, processing and retail marketing. One of our farmers and BOD member Mr. Manish Singh, has been awarded by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of UP Mr. Akhilesh Yadav for innovative organic farming. We commit ourselves for responsible farming and ethical agri-business with triple bottom line:
Maximization of Profit | Minimization of Social Injustice | Reduction in Environmental Risks
City-based consumers from different walks of life are supporting our endeavor by regularly purchasing our products. We aim to achieve a win-win situation for producers as well as consumers through an efficient supply chain management.
For more information, follow the link: Pragati Gram Fresh
The rising issues of food insecurity and the devastating effects of lean season and natural calamities on the communities have led to the establishment of Community Grain banks as a step towards empowerment of the bonded labourers to achieve sustainable freedom via food self-reliance. It is a step to curb the situations of laborers where under the incapacitated circumstances of starvation they are forced to take loan from the contractors to purchase grains for their consumption which later leads to inevitable debt-bondedness.
For more information, follow the link: Anaj Bank
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|DESIGNATION||CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT|
|TEAM LEADER||Manish Singh|
|CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINER||Anil Singh|
|ASST. OPERATION RESEARCH||Hemant Negi|
|COMMUNITY RESEARCH ASST.||Brijlal|
|COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS||Ramji Misra,Grijesh pandey, Amarbahadur|
|RESOURCE CENTER||Agri Business Trg., Agri Services center, Equipment bank, Agri Demo & research lab|
|PARTNERS||NABARD, Agri-Deptt, Horticulture Deptt.|