Agricultural Production systems
Agriculture is an important driver of India’s rural economy, with about 60% of agricultural land under rain-fed agriculture. Hence, we have emphasised in promoting sustainable agricultural practices for improving productivity in rain-fed areas. Our work in this area is a response to address farming crisis and farmers’ distress in rain-fed regions. Started with a study on farmers suicides in Warangal district in 1995, MARI continues to engage in finding appropriate solutions to farming crisis through promotion of non-pesticide management (NPM), enhancing quality of chillies to meet the export demand, seed village, organic agricultural production and better cotton initiatives.
Project Title: Sustainable Production of Cotton for Economic growth, Farm livelihood and Ecosystem health in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh
Funded by: World Wide Fund (WWF), New Delhi, India
Location: Shayampet, Regonda, Parvathagiri and Geesukonda Mandals, Warangal District
Time Period: 2006 to 2017
Main Objective: To bring 15000 ha of cotton production area of Warangal district into sustainable cotton production i.e., addressing social, economic and environmental concerns in cotton production.
Output/Impact: The project began in the year 2006 with a focus BMP and graduated over a period to include BCI principles. It is currently into fourth phase of implementation, which will end in 2017. The project resulted in engaging 14232 farmers under BCI New Assurance, which involves practicing environmental friendly and sustainable farm technologies for growing better quality cotton; improving access to markets; and increasing productivity and net income of farmers.