← All Portfolio Client: Sehgal Foundation Date: March 2, 2017
When we talk about farming efficiency through mechanisation, our minds are clouded by images of Prairie or large Punjab farms with harvesters and combines. No wonder, we keep small and marginal farmers out of it and write them off.
Shegal Foundation has run a 2 years long programme in East Chaparan district in north Bihar on holistic agricultural practices with efficiency as a central theme for small and marginal farmers. The programme aims to wipe off the traditional disconnect between the laboratorioes and small farmers. It situates smart mechanisation like potato planters, maize shellers and zero-tilling sowing machines that can operate in small patches like an acre or so.
The programme also looks at an interesting sharing economy model that helps a rural entrepreneur to own the machine and serve 3-4 villages around.
It has also other progressive components like solar pumps that are metered, and promotion of livestock economy that helps rural landless families.
DamageControl turned the whole experience into a small video for donors, state officials and village leaders as Sehgal Foundation wants to take the programme to more locations.