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1243 Spreading Green Cover amidst Climate Change: Annual highlights of climate change project

posted Mar 9, 2021, 1:57 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 9, 2021, 1:58 AM ]
Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), February 2021:
Agriculture being the major occupation in India specially the rural Maharashtra, which accounts for 18% of our country’s domestic produce. Also it provides employment to 50% of the country’s workforce. In the recent times, the climate change adversely affects socio-economic sectors including water resources, agriculture, forest, fisheries and human settlements. Knowing the situation that the country and the farmers are facing, BGVK thought of having an intervention that could be of great help to the poor farmers with an ingenious idea in the way of Climate Change Project in rural Maharashtra. Don Bosco Mondo fully supported this intervention with their monetary help.

Through this project, their effort was to combat climate change while focusing on mitigation and adaptation efforts across all sectors. Their aim was to introduce most eco-friendly practices in agriculture to reduce the risks in the face of changing climatic condition through promotion of organic fertilizers and pesticides, water saving technology, disaster risk reduction strategies, creating awareness on climate change for sustainable agriculture, livelihoods and ensure food security.

Through Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra, this project was implemented in 25 villages of 5 districts of Maharashtra i.e. Aurangabad (Gangapur Block), Parbhani (Selu Block), Beed (Ashti Block), Ahmednagar (Nagar Block) and Jalna (Mantha Block). Many activities were conducted in order to implement this project. The farmers were given an awareness sessions on climate change and disaster risk reduction, Water management, water budgeting, soil health and importance of soil testing. The farmers were informed and trained regarding Organic Fertilizers and pesticides. It was noticed that a large expense occurred in procuring chemical fertilizers, which was subsequently destroying the soil health. Through this project, 1158 farmers were ably guided and trained to culture organic fertilizers and use them in their fields. They were guided to create an organic culture bank in their respective villages.

Many training sessions were held for the farmers on good agricultural practices, changing cropping patterns, cultivating less water intensive crops. They were made aware of different government entitlements. To help the villagers, around 750 fruit saplings were distributed and planted in the villages. Through the project, many initiatives were taken to increase the water table in the region. Construction of check dams turned out to be a great success. It increased the water table and made it available to the villagers for household purposes and also for agriculture, wherein they were forced to buy water earlier especially during the summer season. To help the villagers in the future and for reference, 250 booklets were distributed on Soil health and Water management.

All these initiatives have greatly helped the farmers. They are deeply grateful to Don Bosco Mondo and the implementing partner – BGVK for their timely intervention. This intervention has not only helped the farmers to increase their income but has helped the whole village and indeed the environment too. This has boosted their morale and their conviction to safeguard the natural resources that they have and to take care of Mother Nature. The beneficiaries of this intervention are not only the present generation but the coming generations too. All the villagers in the project villagers are very happy and express their gratitude to Don Bosco Mondo.
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