Training programmes for women

Green enterprise as an income generating option was introduced. Women were trained (in two separate programmes at BAIF Institute for Rural Development – Karnataka (BIRD-K)) in grafting techniques, building poor man’s greenhouse, seed collection techniques, vermicomposting and on increasing small-farm productivity through multi-cropping systems and soil and water conservation activities. Similar women groups at BIRD-K shared their success stories in green enterprises, which provided further motivation adapting this as a livelihood option.

CCD Madurai and Green Foundation partnered ATREE on the training on lantana basket making and vermicomposting. ATREE and Green Foundation got together to impart training on model kitchen gardening.

Training for farmers

ATREE conducted a training programme on ‘Advantages of using biofertilisers in farming’ where the uses, importance and method of using biofertiliser in farming were explained and field demonstrations made.

A field level training programme on establishing diversity-rich agroforestry (one acre model) was given in four villages. As an alternative technology to address dry land development. Women participation in the training was made mandatory.

ATREE also arranged an exposure visit to BIRD-K, where a diversified one acre model was already implemented. This provided farmers an opportunity to interact with progressive farmers about the use and importance of sustainable agriculture in marginal dry lands.