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Plasticulture
  • PLASTICULTURE is a strategic initiative from Plastindia Foundation to showcase the use of plastics in agriculture and communicate its benefits in the sector.
  • The initiative creates a special vehicle to demonstrate the use of plastics in Natural Resource Management (NRM) which enable conservation of water.
  • The Vision of PLASTINDIA PLASTICULTURE is to create a platform across India to conserve water increasing productivity through the use of Micro Irrigation Systems and other PLASTICULTURE innovations thereby becoming an integral part of the second green revolution.
  • The Broad Objective of the Initiative is:
  • To be a catalyst of development in the rural landscape off India by engaging with small and marginal farmers, demonstrating, on site, innovative technology which will lead to discernible increase in yield.
  • Facilitation of term loans to deserving marginal farmers through suitable sources.
  • The activities espoused by PLASTINDIA PLASTICULTURE has been undertaken through a unique model branded KISAAN RAJA, a demonstration – cum – exhibition activity carried out at the doorstep of the farmer.
  • The model entailed selection of a district and organising an exhibition of Plasticulture and other agri - products by touching all important points in the district.
  • Typically, these points would be the well defined geographies of the district like Talukas / blocks.
  • An exhibition is organised in a village selected in each Taluka / block in the district.
  • The pilot project of KISAAN RAJA has been completed at Jalna District, Maharashtra State where an exhibition was held for 2 days and demo plots were set up in each of the 8 talukas of the district.
  • The increase in the yield at these demo plots was seen at an average of 480% when compared to the other similar fields in the same village.
  • This discernible difference in yield has prompted hundreds of farmers to go in for natural resource management techniques.
  • The natural extension of the pilot project at Jalna has seen a first phase implementation of 600 farmers from 10 villages going in for drip systems through a loan product of NABARD - UPNRM.
  • PLASTINDIA PLASTICULUTRE also aims to build strong bonds with majors in the agricultural sector in India to develop initiatives which will create awareness within the farmer community on technology upgrades leading to better crop yield.
  • Village Adoption Scheme is one such initiative where PLASTINDIA PLASTICULTURE was indirectly involved in the deployment of drip systems to 1,400 farmers in 16 villages in Aurangabad.
  • This was a project which was initiated by NABARD where PLASTINDIA PLASTICULTURE played a premeditated role.
  • The success of KISAAN RAJA at Jalna has enthused PLASTINDIA PLASTICULTURE to emulate the model at other regions as well.
  • Plans are afoot to take KISAAN RAJA to districts in other states in western / eastern India again with active participation from NABARD and other anchor participants in the activity.
  • Kissan Raja Activity in Jalna
  • Kisaan Raja – A Unique Demonstration - cum – Exhibition
  • Kisaan Raja – Completes the whole cycle
  • Kissan Raja – Extension Activity
  • The long term objective is to ensure that precious natural resource like water is conserved while increasing farm yield by use of modern techniques in Plasticulture.
  • Plastindia Foundation with NABARD is working on a proposal to adopt 1,400 farmers, whose land holdings range from 4 - 8 acres, for Drip Irrigation intervention across 16 villages in Aurangabad. The aim is to bring about 7,000 Acres of land under drip irrigation.
  • As a pilot project the exhibition will be held in 7 villages in Jalna district of Maharashtra. The plan envisages that this will then be replicated in a district in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat in the next 15 months.
  • Plastindia Foundation's "Plasticulture" is scheme whereby farmers are provided with drip irrigiation facility and also shown the benefits of using them.
  • Plastindia Plasticulture activity is being done in association with the Organisation of Plastic Processors of India.
  • Plastindia Foundation, in association with NABARD and Dilasa, an NGO, has identified 16 villages covering 1400 farmers at Aurangabad District. Farmers will be provided loan by NABARD through the NGO, with a subsidy from Plastindia, to undertake drip irrigation for an area of 1 Hectare each.
  • Work on distributing the funds and providing the drip irrigation has begun in full earnest with a view to show the benefits of using drip irrigation, 8 villages have been identified in Jalna, where a demo plant of 1 acre in each village will be put up with drip irrigation.
  • Simultaneously, exhibitions will be held showcasing uses of plastics in agriculture, machines used in agriculture etc. This activity will be rolled out by the end of April 2011.

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