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Experience of growing micronutrient fortified wheat variety

Published Date : Friday, July 13, 2018
I am a marginal farmer with 6 acres of rainfed land; I also do lease farming on 4 acres of irrigated land. My family depends on farming. The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation started work on Farming System for Nutrition in the village from 2013. In the first year, I received Netravati – 4210 variety of wheat seed as a part of on farm trial on 1 acre. The next year (2014 – 15), I got 16 quintal production from 1 acre. Earlier I was cultivating Lok-1 variety; my cost of cultivation...

Scope of Linseed as a nutritious rabi (November-February) crop

Published Date : Friday, July 13, 2018
I have four acres of land and I used to grow cotton and red gram in kharif and wheat in rabi season. Through the Farming System for Nutrition study under M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, I am now growing black gram, green gram, sorghum and red gram in kharif and wheat and bengal gram in rabi. In 2016, The Foundation arranged an exposure visit of 25 farmers to Linseed fields of Chikhalapar in Nagpur district. We visited the field of Dr. Lambat and got complete information from sowing to...

Backyard poultry for Self employment

Published Date : Friday, July 13, 2018
I am landless and my family depends on wage labour. Staff from the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation encouraged me to take up backyard poultry as part of Faming System for Nutrition and provided information about it. I learnt that eggs, chicken, pulses provide proteins and consumption of iron rich vegetables will reduce malnutrition. I decided to take up backyard poultry activity. In 2016, I received 16 chicks of Vanraj, Giriraj, Swarnadhara and RIR breeds, an iron cage of size 3 x 2...

Household Nutrition Garden

Published Date : Friday, July 13, 2018
I have been engaged with Farming System for Nutrition activities with the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation from 2014. The project conducted blood sample survey and the result showed that my wife was anemic. Seeing the village community nutrition garden, I was motivated to develop a nutrition garden at home with support from the project. The area of the garden is 72 sq. meter. I applied cow dung manure and sowed spinach, fenugreek, coriander, amaranthus, carrot, radish, turmeric, sweet...

Re-introducing sorghum in the existing cropping pattern

Published Date : Friday, July 13, 2018
I am a small farmer with 7 acres land. I had stopped cultivating sorghum due to wild boar attack. M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation under the Farming System for Nutrition Study called a meeting of farmers and said that if area under sorghum increased, crop damage due to wild boar attack will come down and loss will be reduced. They also gave information on importance of consuming sorghum and that if we cultivate at home, availability for home consumption will increase. I got 3 kilogram CSH-14...

Farming System for Nutrition

Published Date : Friday, July 13, 2018
I am engaged with the M.S. Swaminthan Research Foundation in Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) activities since 2016-17. I got seeds of Durga variety of red gram on 50 percent cost and sowed one kilogram in 3 acres as an intercrop with cotton. I got technical guidance by the Foundation staff and did weeding, harrowing and fertilizer application as recommended. I harvested 2 quintals of red gram. From this, I kept one quintal for household consumption and seed purpose and sold one quintal in...

A calendar with nutrition messages

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
Under the Farming System for Nutrition study, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation organized various programmes, like National Nutrition Week, World Food Day and Global Handwashing Day in the Borgaon Gondi and also other villages. Through these programmes awareness was created among school children. A drawing competition was organized on various topics like personal hygiene, environment cleaning, importance of use of toilet, importance of fruits and vegetables in diet, iodized salt, vitamin A...

Benefit of fruit plants under nutrition garden

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
I was a member in the community nutrition garden in 2013 and I got inspiration to take up Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) activities. The M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation provided me with saplings of amla, custard apple, papaya, sapota, mango, moringa, lemon, curry leaves and agati and gave technical guidance. I have no agriculture land and I work as an agriculture labourer on Mr. Sudhakar Mule’s farm land. With his permission, I planted the saplings on his farm and we share the...

Jackie-9218: a wilt resistant variety of Bengal gram for improved crop production

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
I am a small holder farmer and my household is dependent on agriculture. Earlier I used to cultivate Vijay variety of Bengal Gram. But due to lack of seed treatment, the crop was affected by wilt disease resulting in low production and I did not get the expected yield. In 2015-16, as part of the Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) study under LANSA, I got 20 kg of Jacki-9218 variety of Bengal Gram seed from the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation for sowing on one acre. This variety has...

Pulses for food and nutrition security

Published Date : Thursday, July 12, 2018
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation is working in our village from 2013. They provided seeds like green gram, black gram, wheat, gram, red gram and linseed for cultivation on farms and vegetables like spinach, fenugreek, amaranths, shepu, coriander, chilly, tomato, brinjal, beetroot, radish, carrot, sweet potato, onion, green sorrel, ladies finger, cluster bean, cow pea etc. to grow in nutrition gardens. They started a community nutrition garden in our village, provided poultry, fodder...

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