Even though 60% of Indian population engaged in agriculture activities, nobody is having concern for the conditions of the farmers. Farmer’s economy is very poor. Every year the rate of migration to cities in search of their livelihood is increasing. Poor credit delivery of banks is also responsible for the worst cultivation of the rural areas.
The farmers face lot of difficulties in getting quality seeds, weed management, pest management, manure inputs and so on. The farmers are confused and exploited by so many seed and fertilizer companies. Farmers in the villages do not have feeling to know about their soil, its components and its fertility for suitable crop cultivation.
The ashram has broad knowledge about the farming techniques because of the demonstration fields and its wide linkage with the agri scientists, experts and leading farmers of our Tamil Nadu. The viability of generating vast employment opportunities is more in Agriculture sector than any other industrial sector. Employment can be easily given to all rural uneducated youth even with any formal training.
Hence the need of the hour is to boast agriculture and create small scale agri-entrepreneurs and to reinstate the feeling of dignity of labour in the minds of the farmers. Keeping the problems of farmers in view, the ashram has plunged into the oceanic problems of the farmers to save them to the extent possible without waiting for favourable climate.
To attend these problems of the farmers, the ashram runs a Centre for Sustainable Agriculture with the objectives of,
Now the Krishi Centre is concentrating on Organic farming, Vermi compost, Bio-pest control methods like Panchakavyam, Azolla Cultivation, Seed preservation, and various training programmes for farmers on new cultivation methods.
The story of Chitra from Sengurichi village is quite a different one, for people travel from villages to cities to earn a living but she did the opposite with the help of our Ashram's self-help group. She and her husband, who worked in Mumbai, came back to their village to start a rexine bag making unit.