Voices of Change

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...

Growing different vegetables for improved nutrition

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I cultivate rice in 3 acres lowland and in 3 acres upland. I also grow Eucalyptus in 1.5 acres and finger millet, and sometimes vegetables like tomato and brinjal in another 1.5 acres. Rice and finger millet production was poor. I used to sell vegetables in the local market to meet food and other expenses. In 2014, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation started LANSA project in our village that focused on improved production technology for food crops to increase availability at households and...

Impact of nutrition awareness trainings

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
The M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has been implementing Farming System for Nutrition programme under LANSA in our village for the last 4-5 years. I have been involved with the programme since 2014. One day, staff members of LANSA project organised a village meeting to select some men and women to undergo training on aspects of food, nutrition and health. The trained members will then be able to disseminate the information both within and outside the community. I was one of the...

Improving productivity and dietary diversity

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I am not educated, but I learned from my father and grandfather to grow multiple crops. I have been managing my family with the produce of rice, finger millet, bottle gourd, pumpkin, broad bean and spine gourd by cultivation using traditional methods. LANSA project of MSSRF started its programme in our village in 2013. They organised different trainings and meetings on agriculture and nutrition security. Participation in the interventions helped me bring further diversity in my cropping system....

Integrated pest management in intercropping

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
Traditionally, I used to sow black gram and pigeon pea along with paddy or finger millet in two acre of upland area. The sowing proportion for pigeon pea was very low in the traditional practice and I used to get only 10-15 kg of grain yield per acre. I was mostly dependent on the local market for meeting my household requirements. As the market price of pigeon pea was high, we used to consume lentil and horse gram instead of dal. In 2015, I got to know about maize and pigeon pea intercrop...

New variety of Zinc fortified paddy

Published Date : Monday, October 8, 2018
I have 0.20 acre of medium land where I grow paddy. I also work as an agriculture labourer in other fields to meet my family’s requirements. Sometime in March 2017, staff from M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation under the LANSA project told me about a farmer growing a new paddy variety in Balia village and arranged an exposure visit to his field. I could not go, but in the evening some of my fellow farmers who were part of the group shared information that the paddy variety has high zinc...

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...

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