Natural Resources Management Projects wing was started as a part of the ‘Holistic Development’ policy when SPMESM project champions realized that the common rural man usually falls prey to the vicious cycle of rural ‘Poverty- Unemployment- Lack of Opportunities- Health Issues- Poverty’!
Some informal Agricultural Extension Programs were started right away in 1993 with the Health Initiatives but the structured, project based work was initiated 10 years ago.
NRM wing of SPMESM today has reached up to 4 districts and over 100 villages and is working with the most adversely affected section of the Global Climate Change- the small and marginal farmers.
SPMESM’s NRM initiatives revolve around the theme of Effective Management of five ‘J’s- Jan (People), Jal (Water), Jameen (Land), Jungle (Forests) and Jaanwar (Livestock). Over all these years, it has demonstrated that this can resolve a lot of livelihood issues. The Marathawada region of Maharashtra is infamous for its recurrent droughts and its consequences on the human life. Keeping in mind the need of the region, we have started multiple watershed development and micro-irrigation projects that have led to farmers seeing more than 100% increase in their produce. As a result, the mass migration to cities has been significantly reduced and youngsters are now looking upon farming as a serious livelihood option.
Water Sustainability for agriculture through development of water resources for 50 drought affected villages.
- Unprecedented Community Participation.
- Complete Solutions in end-to-end watershed development and water sustainability
- Projects have taken shape of a movement.
- Water Sustainability proving a starting point triggering village development in-Toto.
- Hydro- Geologists, Engineers, Community Mobilizers on board.
- Average increase in income from agriculture observed is 40% (despite of recurrent years of inadequate monsoon rains)
Projects Currently Supported by: Praj Foundation, CII and other organizations.
Started to tackle the grave effects of the drought in 2012, Tushar Samruddhi project was the first Water Sustainability Initiative by SPMESM.
It rejuvenated the defunct water bodies (KT Weirs on Dudhna River) and has changed the entire village agronomics.
- Unprecedented Community participation.
- Annual Income from Agriculture for 2 project villages has gone up to 8 Cr from a paltry 2.5 Cr.
- The rejuvenated Water Bodies handed over to community for maintenance.
- Pomegranates Cluster developed.
Strated in 2018, this mega project is going to change the future of the most drought affected villages in Phulambri Block. All 15 villages in Girija river basin will undergo complete Watershed Development and Agriculture Extension Program thereafter for the maximum effects in next 3 years.
Navlai FPO is the next step in NRM where the small farmers have formed an Agro produsers Company.
The first major activity by Navlai FPO is the Navlai Agro Input Stores helping reduce the input cost for the farmers in Chowka cluster of Aurangabad.
It also is supporting the small farmers with agro technology, market orientation and post harvesting value additions.
Women have the major share in agricultural laborious work but have zero say in the decisions related to farming!
Krishi Kanya project is bringing appropriate agro technology to 2000 women farmers in 20 villages in Aurangabad and Jalna Distriicts.
- Training on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Integrated Nutrient management (INM), Markrt Orientation.
- Organic Manure, Shed-Net Demos,
- Promotion of Drip Irrigation,
- Backyard Poultry, Kitchen Gardens for additional income.
- Occupational Hazards awareness for women farmers.
Project supported by Smt Suman Ramesh Tulsiyani Foundation
200 rural women use Solar Dryers provided by ‘Science for Society’ to dry and use the seasonal agro produce for health benefits as well as additional income.