Voices of Change

Our Health is in our Hands

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
In 2013, the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) demonstrated different crop trials on farmers’ fields in our village under the LANSA project. I have engaged with the interventions on improved cultivation of finger millet, intercropping of maize and pigeon pea and orange flesh sweet potato cultivation along with nutrition garden and fish farming since 2014 and benefited from it. Nutrition awareness is an integral part of the project; my village community nominated me and three...

Fish Farming for household consumption and a source of additional income

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I dropped out from school after five due to family problems and have been working on my lands. I have 3.5 acres of upland, 1 acre of medium land, 2 acres of low land and a small pond - 300 square feet in size. I cultivate rice, finger millet, groundnut, green gram, black gram, pigeon pea in my land, and also do fish farming in my small pond. I have learned many things from the LANSA project of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, such as - line transplanting of finger millet, establishing a...

Experience of growing orange coloured sweet potato: Kamala Sundari

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I have 3 acres of land where I grow paddy, finger millet, sweet potato and different types of vegetables. In 2014, staff of the LANSA project from M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) came to our village and discussed about an orange coloured variety of sweet potato called ‘Kamala Sundari’. Some of my fellow villagers and I underwent training on cultivation of Orange Flesh Sweet Potato (OFSP) at the MSSRF regional centre in Jeypore. They also provided the planting materials...

Fish farming - a food and livelihood option

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I am a small farmer with 7 acres land and generally grow paddy, finger millet and green gram. I also have a pond of size (60 ft x 60 ft), which I use for fish farming and used to get 50-60 kg fish per year. Since I did not have sufficient knowledge about fish farming, I did not pay much attention and was satisfied with whatever harvest quantity I was getting.Name: Nabin BatriVillage: Kurkuti, Block: Boipariguda, District: KoraputAge: 33 yearsCaste: Bhumia (ST)Occupation: Farmer (7 acres)Family...

Green gram for nutrition and livelihood security

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
Agriculture is my main livelihood. I have one acre of low land, 3 acres medium land, 0.3 acre upland and 0.1 acre backyard area. I usually grow rice in low and medium land, finger millet in upland, and spine gourd and broad bean in the backyard during kharif. After harvesting rice, I cultivated green gram in one acre of low land and rice in some portion of medium land. I normally harvested 20 quintals rice, 2 quintals each of finger millet and green gram.Name: Niranjan KhadaVillage: Chikima,...

Improved agriculture practices for better home nutrition

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I am a small farmer with 0.9 acres of land. I also cultivate an additional 1 acre of government land to meet my family needs. I usually grow paddy, finger millet, and mixed cropping of maize, pigeon pea and other vegetables; but the traditional method of cultivation results in low yield and the quantity does not meet the year round food requirement of my family.  Name: Sahadev ParajaVillage: Dumuriguda, Block: Boipariguda, District: KoraputAge: 53 yearsCaste: Paroja (ST)Occupation:...

Improved variety of finger millet for higher production

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
Finger millet is one of our major crops, also out staple food. We depend on finger millet throughout the year for our daily diet, and it gives us energy to do our every day work. I have 0.15 acres of upland and I always cultivated rice. Due to water scarcity I had very poor yields. So in 2010, I switched to finger millet cultivation and continue till now. I broadcast my own seeds and the yield was around 30-40 kg. The produce was sufficient for 5-6 months of my family, and for rest of the...

Nutrition Gardens and literacy in schools

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
Ours is an upper primary school with children from Bhejaguda and 5 to 6 surrounding villages come to this school. In 2014, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation began a ‘Farming System for Nutrition’ intervention under the LANSA project. Nutrition awareness among the young is an important component of the programme, and so a series of programmes were organised in our school. Following a discussion with staff and the school management committee, we developed a nutrition garden in our...

Higher finger millet yield with better cultivation practices

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I am a small farmer having 2 acres of upland and cultivate only in Kharif season. I mainly grow paddy, finger millet and little millet. In 2016, staff from the LANSA project of M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation visited our village and shared improved agricultural practices of finger millet that gives increased production. They conducted a two-day training programme at the MSSRF Regional Centre, Jeypore and there was a field visit to finger millet fields in Chikima village in Bodaput Gram...

An improved variety of Finger millet for better productivity

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
Earlier, I used to broadcast local varieties of finger millet without any application of fertilizer and weed management practices, this caused poor plant population, uneven growth and heavy weed infestation, resulting in poor yield. When I found out about line transplanting of finger millet from staff at MSSRF-LANSA, it was completely new to me. I knew about line transplanting of paddy, but never thought that same can be applied for finger millet as well. Out of curiosity, in Kharif 2016, I did...


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