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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...

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...

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