We provide scientific cultivation, organic vermicomposting, soil testing, produce processing, and marketing services that help farmers reduce input costs, realize higher yields, and profits. The average farm household eats a very poor diet and children suffer from several micro-nutrient and major nutrient deficiencies. To help fulfill children's and other family members' dietary needs, we run a completely free kitchen garden programme to supply agricultural households with vegetables. We engage our employee base on education and policy initiatives, actively help rehabilitate them from alcohol abuse, and domestic violence. We recruit young farm help and farmers to train them on technology and business and make them self reliant. Finally, we aim to make Indian agriculture a part of India's growth story, and include the 75% of rural Indians in generating wealth.
Some of our farmer clients' testimonies on how Magasool services have helped them:
" The groundwater in my plot has become saline from sea water intrusion. The water is making my land salty and infertile. I have to apply twice as much of urea and DAP as my neighbors to get the same yield. In June of this year I was contacted by Magasool coordinator Jaykumar. He told me that the fertility of my land can be improved with scientific soil-test based nutrition management that uses the best of traditional and modern agricultural practices. I agreed to get a small patch of 0.3 acres tested. I applied Magasool's recommendations on this patch. The results became obvious soon after I transplanted paddy from the nursery to the field. On the test patch the seedlings rooted within 6 days. On rest of my land the seedlings took 10-15 days to root. The plants on the test patch respond better to nutrient application. If I get a good yield at the end of the season from the test plot, I will apply Magasool's suggestion to my full plot of 3 acres. I anticipate that this will reduce the usage of chemicals in my plot by 40% and increase my profits. At the same time the quality of my soil will improve.", Karthik, farmer Ayapakkam Village, July 2018
“I harvested in the first week of January. This is the first time I am trying the system of rice intensification with a transplanter. While there were lots of doubts initially, I was confident after looking at the number of tillers. Usually I get around 27 bags per acre (1 bag = 75 kg) in samba. This time I have got 32 bags per acre. I am hoping that Magasool will bring many more such programs. I am starting to build an organic manure unit with Magasool’s help now”- Kannan, Farmer with 2.25 acres of land, Boothamur village, Cuddalore, Jan 2014
*Your Rs. 15,000 will help take efficiency increasing groundnuts and pulses harvesting technology to 5 farmers improving profits by Rs 10,000 per acre per farmer per season for 4 seasons. This income will go towards meeting their household nutrition needs, medical needs, and educating their children.
Details of the proposed programs (https://www.facebook.com/Magasool/) are below -
2. Modified System of Rice Intensification (MSRI) through mechanized transplanters -
Paddy Nursery Mechanized SRI (M-SRI)
The main advantages of MSRI are –(i) The nursery is transplanted when the saplings are young, anywhere between 12 to 18 days decreasing the disturbance to roots as well as allowing time for higher tiller growth. This leads to robust foliage growth, (ii) Increased distance between plants in SRI allows for better access to sunlight and more space for root growth.
MSRI fields also require 25% less water in the initial 10 days post transplanting.
Between May 2012 and July 2018, the program has reached more than 650 farmers in Trichy, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Theni and Thanjavur districts. Most farmers have reported yield increase of 10 to 20 % resulting in an increased income of anywhere between Rs 2500 to Rs 5000 per acre (translating to more than 30% increase in profits).
We request a total of INR 4 lakhs for 2 new transplanters which will let us continue providing services to beneficiaries in an uninterrupted manner and expand to new villages in Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts.
3. Increasing ground-nut acreage through enhanced planting and harvest efficiency - Groundnuts require much less water than paddy or sugarcane and give 20% higher profits to farmers. They also help restore soil fertility when used as a rotation crop.
We partnered with a few farmers to pilot a mechanized seed drill in early 2018 and results were very encouraging.
We request 5 lacs (additional amount will be raised through CSR) to procure high quality transplantors and provide sowing and harvesting as a service to more than 200 small farmers (250 farmers in Year 1 and 350 farmers in Year 2). Our solution is expected to increase productivity by more than 30%. This will lead to farmer profits go up by more than Rs 10000 (ten thousand) per acre.
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