State Level Organic Farmers’ Convention Organised by Agragamee(sponsored by RLS , Germany)at The Institute of Engineers on 27th October 2017

State Level Organic Farmers’ Convention was organised by Agragamee (sponsored by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany) at The Institute of Engineers Bhubaneswar on 27th October 2017. Farmer from ten backward and tribal district were participated in this convention. Mr.R.Balakrishnan- IAS, Development Commision; Mr.Devinder Sharma- Distinguished Food and Trade Policy Analisist; Prof. Radhamohan- Eminent Environmentalist; Mr.Ranglal Jamuda-Chairman, Odisha State Food Commission; Mr.Basant Kar; Mr.Pravesh Sharma; Mr.EkadashiNandi; Mr.Raju Titus- Successful Organic Farmer were honorable Chief Guest of this Convention. This program was an unique aspect of participation of farmers and specialist in an important discussion related to various issues and remedies of organic farming.

Article on Vidhya Das published in Aljajeera

Kashipur, India – In a large, airy classroom in the village of Kashipur in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, there unfolds a scene rich in contrasts and ironies. A reading and writing class for the five-year-olds of prathama sreni, or first grade, proceeds alongside a parent-teacher meeting.

The children are all girls, for this is a primary school run by a local NGO, Agragamee, exclusively for girls from Scheduled Tribe or Scheduled Caste families – those groups, collectively making up about a fourth of India’s population, marked out by the Indian constitution as in need of special assistance from the state.
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Climate Smart Crops by Abhijit Mohanty

Tubers, pulses and millets are important for the livelihoods and nutrition of poor farmers, especially in fragile regions. These crops are not only underutilised, but are also under-researched. Ama Sangathan, a women federation consisting of 1200 indigenous women, have revived these crops in two blocks in Odisha, by their vibrant campaigning.
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PKVY(Paramparika Krishi Vikash Yojana/Indigenous Farming Development Programme)

PKVY(Paramparika Krishi Vikash Yojana/Indigenous Farming Development Programme)

It is a great opportunity and challenge for the Agragamee that the Government of Odisha has sanctioned a project to cover 2000acres in Rayagada and Koraput Districts to help small land holders/ tribal farmers take up their traditional agriculture to check the influx of Chemical Fertilisers and Pesticides. The farmers in 40 clusters will take a vow not to adopt anything Chemical and promote Organic and ecological Farming. This 3-year project will cover mostly rain-fed upland where Millets, Pulses, Oilseeds and , above all, Vegetables will be grown intensively. The farmers will be given training to produce their own manures, vermin-compost, bio-pesticides etc. Conservation of local seeds with bio-diversity will also be promoted. PKVY will show case the NRM related activities where soil, water and forest will play a role in ensuring Food and Nutrition Securities.