BARBIL, AUG 02, 2021
JSPL Foundation, the social arm of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL), recently organised a workshop for local farmers on adoption of sustainable, scientific and organic farming. The event was attended by more than 60 farmers of Deojhar and Kandra gram panchayats under Joda Block of Keonjhar district.
During the day-long session, the attendees were imparted training on Line-Sowing and Systematic Rice Intensification (SRI) technique of paddy cultivation to increase yield. The farmers too exhibited interest in the techniques as these methods require less water, less expenses but give more yields as compared to conventional methods of paddy cultivation.
On the occasion, Pradeep Naik, Village Level Officer of Agriculture Department in Joda Block interacted with the farmers on the use of organic fertilizer, insecticide and seed treatment for high production of crops and vegetables.
Appreciating the initiative of JSPL Foundation, Pandia Munda of nearby Sialijoda village said, “We have very limited access to experts or government officials for guidance on cultivation which forces us to follow conventional methods. I am sure along with me many more will now adopt these new techniques.”
Kaikeyi Naik, a mushroom grower of Mahadevnasha village said, “Such programmes are really helpful for us as we get new ideas and knowledge on the farming we do. It really inspires us for sustainable farming.”
Initiated by JSPL Foundation, the local farmers have also been exposed to mushroom farming and seasonal vegetable cultivation. More than 100 persons have so far been facilitated and promoted to initiate different on-farm and off-farm economic activities who are contributing to their family’s economy in a sustainable manner.