Crop Monitoring

As a result of our efforts to raise awareness campaigns and training sessions, more than 1000 farmers requested indigenous variety seeds from GREEN for cultivation through the sustainable methods they had learnt. Monitoring their progress and providing them with support therefore formed an essential part of our work through the months from sowing to harvest.

A detailed work plan was laid out to ensure each farmer received adequate guidance throughout the process. At the heart of this were the CRPs whose capacity GREEN is continually working to build. The work plan constituted 3 main stages:

Training

crop monitoring training resizedCommunity resource persons were trained in the follow-up process in a 2-day workshop that highlighted the need for crop-monitoring and detailed documentation. It focused on further strengthening the knowledge base of CRPs in order that they may be adequately equipped to support the farmers. Topics covered included:

– special traits and characteristics of crops including their resistance capacity to pests,
– methods to monitor yield, purity of variety and quality
– solutions for pest and diseases that farmers may need guidance on
– details on how to prepare and apply bio manures like jeevamrutha, fish oil, amruthapani, for crops

Implementation

DSC03127 resizedAfter the workshop each CRP was assigned a group of 20 farmers to guide and monitor through the months. Their responsibilities included:

– scheduling of farm visits
– visiting farms for crop monitoring
– initiating discussions with farmers, motivating them and advising them through any challenges they may face
– documenting progress of each farmer

Documentation procedures

A standard documentation format and procedure was used by all CRPs. A map of each farmer’s field, along with details of each visit was recorded. The CRPs also documented discussions with the farmers, their challenges, observations and opinions of the crops they chose to cultivate. Some of the details collected included:

 – number of acres under cultivation, including area under irrigation
– types of crops being cultivated and quantity of seeds sown,
– date of sowing and cultivation method
– total tillers in the crop as well as productive tillers,
– crop duration and pattern
– soil type
– final yield