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Kisanmitra helpline to improve the governance and make public support services work for farmers. Three districts, partnership with district administration, women self groups, FPOs and CII
Now working with several state governments in taking forward natural/organic farming. More farmers shifting and now is becoming a mainstream policy. Making farming sustainable, farmers livelihoods viable and villages becoming carbon neutral and water self sufficient
Making information technology work for rural india
Making information Technology
work for Rural India
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
50,000 farmers directly and 200,000 farmers indirectly
• Organic/Natural Farming
• Adapting to Climate Change
• PGS Regional Council
• Open Source Seed Initiative
• Building knowledge, skills
• Individual/group enterprises
• Handholding support
• Supporting FPOs, CBOs,
• Food hubs
• Sahaja Aharam Retail
• Research and Analysis of
policy support and
• Monitoring performance of
public support systems
• Kisan Mitra Helpline
Caring for those who feed the nation
Focus of work
CSA offices and Project sites (6 states)
• India lives in villages
• 60% of population
• Low income-low literacy-low skills
• Technology access-internet, mobile phones
• Content: mostly to access rural markets and clients
Key areas to work on
Infrastructure Public Services Communication
Health Education Livelihoods
Resilience Employment Economic activity
• People related
• Agricultural related problems
• Infrastructure related problems
• Economic problems
• Social and Cultural problems
• Leadership related problems
• Administrative problems
• Traditional way of thinking.
• Poor understanding.
• Low level of education to understand
• Developmental efforts and new technology.
• Deprived psychology and scientific orientation.
• Lack of confidence.
• Poor awareness.
• Low level of education.
• Existence of unfelt needs.
• Personal ego.
• Lack of expected awareness, knowledge, skill and
• Unavailability of inputs.
• Poor marketing facility.
• Insufficient extension staff and services.
• Multidimensional tasks to extension personnel.
• Small size of land holding.
• Division of land.
• Unwillingness to work and stay in rural areas.
The current crisis in rural India
•Pests and Diseases
from the hands of
Yields are stagnated
Prices not being remunerative
•Soil salinity etc
Poor infrastructure facilities
• Educational institutions
• Storage facility etc
• Unfavorable economic condition to adopt high cost
• High cost of inputs/services
• Under privileged rural industries
• Leadership among the hands of inactive and
• Self interest of leaders.
• Biased political will
• Political interference.
• Lack of motivation and interest.
• Unwillingness to work in villages.
• Improper utilization of budget.
• No proper monitoring of programs and lack in their
1800 120 3244; 08500 98 3300
• Cluster level
• Making public support services
accessible for farmers
• FPOs, Farmer Service Centres,
• District Level
• Coordinating with various line
• Distress Helpline to resolve
grievances and rapid response in
case of extremities
• State and National Level
• Monitoring public support
services for farmers
• Policy Research and advocacy
Improving governance of agriculture support systems
Kisan Mitra Model
Farmer Service Centres
• FPOs and Women SHGs
• 100 centres in AP and telangana
• Provide all services to farmers
– Extension support
– Custom hiring centre
– Financial linkages
– Procurement for market
KISAN MITRA - IMPACT AREAS
● Distress/Suicide Farmer Families
○ Pesticide Poisoning
○ Distress Case Counselling & Relief
○ Education for children & Livelihood support
○ Ex-Gratia & other beneficiary schemes
○ Welfare schemes being targeted to Distressed & Needy
● Improving Access to Credit
● Resolving land title related issues
● Feed back to the district and state level bankers committees
● Facilitating ~5000 LEC cards & JLG Group Loans for Tenant Farmers (All Districts)
● Crop Loss & Compensation
● Improving Policies like PMFBY(Crop Insurance) by feedback
● Analysis and presentations on natural disasters like drought, floods, Hailstorms etc
● Improving access to markets
● Open procurement centres
● Timely payments
● Other support systems
● Electricity issues like Transformer Issues, Loose Wires, New connections to villages etc.,
● Water supply and Irrigation/Canal related issues proactively resolved
● Grouping of Issues of FPOs, SHGs and collectively representing & Solving
● Revenue & Rythu Bandhu Issues followed up & communicated
● Improving Regulations: Seeds, Pesticides etc
Farmer Field Schools
• Training every farmer
• Practitioners as trainers
• Knowledge based extension
• Natural/organic farming
• Adapting to climate change
• Alternate livelihoods
• Water Positive farming
• Carbon neutral villages
• Developing Livelihoods Plan
• Building the capacities
• Green Enterprises for Bioinputs
• Providing linkages
For diversifying incomes and assets
Sheep and Goat
Incubating community institutions and enterprises
• Organising Federations of farmers groups
• Farmer Producer Organisations
• Farmer Cooperatives-16 in Andhra Pradesh,
4 in Telangana, 2 in Sikkim
• Farmer Producer Companies: 7 in
Telangana, 1 in Maharashtra, 2 in Tripura
• Handholding Supporting 225 in Telangana
• Hand holding support to 78 FPOs in Andhra
• Organic Retail Marketing through Consumer
Management and Governance
ongoing programs and
• Natural/Organic Food directly from farmers
• Food/Nutritional Counselling for consumers
• Better price to farmers
• FPOhub to incubate farmer producer organisations
Areas for cooperation
• Building open source tools and knowledge systems
• Standardisation and Integration protocols
• Access to data and analytics-financial, weather,
• Crowd sourced information for social audit
• Building knowledge and skills for people
• Innovative business models
Centre for sustainable agriculture
eKrishi : 08500 68 3300
Sahaja Aharam : 08500 78 33 00
Rytu Swarajya Vedhika: 08500 98 33 00
mobile : 090 0069 9702
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