SC/ST minority farmers awareness seminar

A large amount of money is being spent by Ministry of Agriculture on Kisan Melas, agricultural exhibitions, farmer’s awareness programs, discussion on agricultural seminars for the benefit of farming community in general but the benefit of the majority of these programs is not percolating to the groups like schedule caste ,schedule tribes, minorities etc.

Moreover, the funds allocated in different government departments for SC/ST people remain unspent. Same is the case for Special Component Plant and Tribal Sub Plan.

With assistance from National Horticulture Board under Ministry of Agriculture, Buddha Education Foundation using its strong networking across the country at district-level planned to organize programs for SC/ST /’Minorities etc. farmers. The trust used seminars, Goshthis, face to face interaction as a medium for dispersal of information and sensitization about modern agricultural practices.

The purpose of farmer awareness programs was to :
Provide a platform where they can raise their problems and get instant clarification on same from the department experts and officials of State and Central governments.
The focus areas of discussion were kept on topics like crop, land, other agricultural inputs and techniques to optimize farmer’s produce with help of subject matter experts from Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
These programs also served the purpose of providing financial resources through bankers .Banks would provide knowledge on various government schemes they can apply for their needs
In order to broaden the horizon of the farmers, interactive session and field visits were kept with progressive farmers nearby and agriculture institutes in the surrounding areas.
Under this program we conducted more than seven awareness programs in seven centers across India. The Buddha education team visited many villages and covered commercial crops like grapes, pomegranate, mango, banana etc and informed regarding various schemes including subsidy on cold storage etc .This initiative helped us cover more than 3500 farmers and their families.