Me and my team have been working to achieve a glorious rural India since 1976 when I returned from the USA. My father was a freedom fighter. It was his motivation that I come back to our family land in the village Neral of Maharashtra. I considered myself a successful farmer because all my three children left their successful career in the developed western world and returned to rural India with their spouses.
We have a holistic approach of four different innovations to make any part of rural India into a golden opportunity for youth to create a five star livelihood according to Swami Supradiptananda of Ramakrishna Mission, Gwalior. The four innovation are
1. Krishi Paryatan – We define Krishi Paryatan as “an activity organized by the farmer himself, on his/her active farm where leisure learning and fun is combined together.”
This is a perfect ‘Angan’ to integrate and create brotherhood of urban and farming folks. This is an easily adoptable way to give dignity to a farmer and considerable additional income. This is proved to be the best model to attract able youth to Rural India.
2. SRT (Saguna Rice Technique) – This is a No-till, conservation agriculture scientific technique that has magical results. We define it as “a conservation agriculture (CA), No-till method of farming which does not cause atrocity of tillage, completely stops soil erosion, promotes natural production of earthworms, increases organic carbon of the soil, considerably increases productivity of the land and added effect of amazing happiness & confidence of the farmer.” (www.srt-zerotill.com)
SRT Reduces water requirement for crop cultivation to the tune of 40% (especially for rice), reduces cost of production by 40% and reduces back breaking labour by 50%. It also stops emission of greenhouse gases and effectively does carbon sequestration to improve soil fertility. Due to No Tillage all the fossil fuel required for agricultural operations can become zero.
Amazing ability of rural empowerment has been observed even with tribal families where their annual income has risen 15 times. Above all it brings joy and confidence to the farmer which has now started the reverse trend of able youth returning to the farming profession.
The technique is accepted by FAO, Rome (License agreement with FAO) and by Indian Social Responsibility Network (ISRN), New Delhi (ISRN stories – Volume 2). There is persistent demand to learn this technique from Dr Mozammel Haque of Bangladesh (+880 1914-708354) who thinks that SRT will revolutionise the farmers there.
3. SVT (Saguna Vansanvardhan Tantra) – This is an easily adoptable and simple technique to prevent forest fires and to effectively re-generate greenery on barren hills and fallow lands. Following objectives are well within reach at fastest speed by using SVT.
i. Almost all hills and fallow lands are burning away due to uncontrolled fires causing multifarious and humongous losses. This can be completely avoided.
ii. Soil erosion on hill slopes can be stopped completely and at the same time re-generation of new soil can be initiated.
iii. By forming soil aggregation on the hill slopes, hills will become large storage of water.
iv. Creating live contour bunding of specially identified plants such as ‘Karonde’ and Wild Cliff Bananas will produce positivity on the barren hill slopes to promote effective survival of newly planted tree species.
v. It will stop land-slides.
vi. It will stop casualties and accidents caused to forest workers during fire fighting in forest.
(Prevention of forest fire without human intervention)
4. SJT (Saguna Jalsanvardhan Tantra) – The Saguna Jalsanvardhan Tantra, popularly known as SJT, is a water body rejuvenation and conservation technique, developed under the immaculate guidance and supervision of Mr. Chandrashekhar Bhadsavle at Saguna Baugh of the Saguna Rural Foundation, Neral. The SJT technique involves the usage of general purpose systemic weedicide on the target weeds, such as water hyacinth (Eicchornia crassipes) and water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes), for cleansing the weeds out of the water body, following which the removal of the dead weed is done. The polluted portion of the water is then treated with the help of useful microbes, appropriate combination of fish species and ecologically beneficial plants such as lotus to manage the soluble pollutants in the water body, ensure optimum oxygenation of the water, and maintain the natural beauty of the water body.