KARM is an NGO working for the welfare of rural communities through its activities like agricultural support, rain water harvesting, women empowerment and health awareness.
Our Project "Planting 10000 Trees" aims at planting 10000 fruit bearing trees in the farms of needy farmers in Thane and Palghar districts. It will create an additional source of income for them apart from their regular paddy cultivation which is not sufficient for them to make a living.
We are all aware of ill effects that cutting of trees has produced throughout the world. Trees give out oxygen and help in creating ecological balance. If we would cut trees what is going to happen is that population won’t stop growing but oxygen in the atmosphere will reduce. The result will affect the entire eco-system. Another effect can be scarcity of food. And many other problems are attached to it such as less of rains will result in less water for irrigation. Less water for irrigation would result in less harvest which would again lead to less food and if this continues to happen for a long period of time then it might lead to famine type situations. The whole process of cutting trees creates a destructive vicious circle.
Hence it’s high time we take strong steps towards planting more and more trees in our vicinity, our cities and rural areas.
KARM has been actively involved in creating a sustainable livelihood for farmers and protecting the environment since past 10 years. Plantation of fruit bearing trees serves both the above purposes. On one hand it will create additional income generation activity for the farmers as well as provide all other environmental benefits as listed below :
- Tree is necessary for rain as it creates cold and humid atmosphere required for rain
- When it rains, trees hold the water which is not allowed to pass over soil which avoids floods.
- They provide food to all of livings.
- When we cut down trees, we are taking a home away from animals, we loosen the ground which mostly causes landslides.
- Trees cause shade and without that shade the ground dries up faster and there is not as much nutrients.
- To build capacity and skills through training of stakeholders on better agricultural practices.
- Food security for the beneficiary family through intercropping of vegetables and pulses.
- Improved health of the family due to consumption of fruits, vegetables.
- Income generation through marketing & sale of the excess produce.
- Land development & adherence to organic farming practices for soil conservation and environment protection.
- Nutrient and pest management through bio-fertilizers and pesticides
- Creating sustainable livelihood for the underprivileged farmers
- Reduce air pollution
- Reduce soil erosion and restore soil fertility
- Increase the water table in the ground