The local quack pulled up Fulchand’s right eye-lid and stared at it for a few seconds. There wasn’t any sign of life. The quack swung his head in negation and silently left the hut. Siyabati’s vision got blurred. That a day would come in her life when the hands she depended upon blindly will no longer be there for her, was something that Siyabati had never imagined.
It was an early morning call from Nazma Khatun. Her voice was trembling on the other side of the call. She is an SHG member from a small village called Deogawan in Deosar block of Madhya Pradesh. When the nationwide lockdown was first announced in March, our phones got flooded with similar calls from the hamlets.
PRADAN is working with the administration to support marginalised and vulnerable rural poor people in containing the spread of COVID-19. We are reaching out to marginalised and vulnerable poor farmers across 166 blocks in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, 60 of these blocks in Jharkhand through our partner CSOs. Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives is our partner in this initiative.
Damayanti Nayak’s inspiring journey is causing many farmers to take up collectivized and synchronized farming. Here Damayanti recalls how she went from growing crops for self consumption to earning 2 lacs from farming - in her own words
India has seen a rapid growth in the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides over the last decade as the country’s population increased. In Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, two states in central India, farmers use more than twice as much fertiliser per acre as farmers in other parts of India.
Lakhimani Murmu is an active member of the Maniyardi Kadamjharna SHG in Binpur, West Bengal. Lakhimani, lives in a mud house surrounded by forest with her husband and two sons. Lakhimani, like most scheduled tribes' smallholder farmers, had very little land for crop cultivation.