Growing crop with less water: Hemlal’s Story

Most of the areas of Jharkhand, a tribal sate in the east-central part of India are drought prone. Farmers here depend mainly on rainfall for the farming and late monsoon or less rain makes situation desperate for them. Hemlal Prasad Yadav is one such farmer from Giridih district of Jharkhand, who has always been troubled by the frequent droughts and had to toil hard to feed his family. Being in a remote area, there is hardly any support or information available about weather forecast or new technologies that can help him to grow crop with very less water. He heard about Direct2Farm service from the village headman, when volunteers from Kisan Sanchar visited their village and Hemlal immediately decided to register in the service; because not only he would get information directly in his mobile phone, there was a free trial period offered so that he can really test whether the service is good or not. After registering, Hemlal started getting regular crop advisory and weather updates on his phone, and gained new knowledge about how to retain soil moisture in field so that he can grow crops with minimum irrigation. He also learned about pests prevalent in this location and how to control them. With this new knowledge, Hemlal is confident that he will be able to get a decent harvest this year and his family will no longer go hungry. In Hemlal’s world… “This service is a life saver for the farmers in this remote location, if other farmers too, give their mobile numbers, then everyone will get benefit from this service and our family and children will be happy and healthy”

World Soil Day

???????????????????????????????The World Soil Day highlights the importance of soil. Soil is a critical component of our natural system, which vitally contributes to food, water, energy, climate, biodiversity and life.

On December 20, 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared December 5th, 2014 as World Soil Day and 2015 as the International Year of Soils. This official recognition of this day underlines the importance of soils.

Soils have been overlooked for long. Deteriorating soil health has been a cause of concern. Imbalanced use of fertilizers, low use of organic matter and non-replacement of depleted micro and secondary nutrients over the years, has resulted in nutrient deficiencies and decrease in soil richness. The World Soil Day campaign aims to bring awareness among people about how soil has critical importance in our lives.