khetee means farming in Sanskrit. khetee is a non-profit organization founded in 2017.Based in Durdih village, the organization focuses on improving the agronomic status in Bihar. Khetee operates from a remotely located village in Bihar.
“khetee” focuses on improving the overall agronomic status by introducing a farmer centric model which includes high yielding farming methods like Tree based farming, Natural Farming,Layer model farming or we can give an international term as Ecological Agroforestry.
Challenge: Agricultural practices in Durdih are largely unprofitable due to conventional methods of farming on no/small or fragmented land holdings. The lack of exposure to new interventions in farming gives them an extremely myopic outlook towards life in general. This is the major reason as to why a shift to other productive agricultural methods has not been successful in Durdih. There are currently no organizations working in or near Durdih to support the villagers. But most of the farmer those who are practicing five layer model farming are profitable in India.
Khetee’s intervention: Durdih has a lot of land and most people already know farming. Significant efforts are required to realise that potential through better inputs for higher productivity and outreach to markets. khetee wants to reform the entire agricultural value chain in Durdih as a pilot project to show farming can be profitable. Later, this will be expanded systematically within Durdih as the locus point all throughout Rural India using a mobile consultancy booth which is run by unemployed youth from families with agricultural background who will get equipped at khetee to be advocates ecological agroforestry.
Ecological Agroforestry is a method which gives four or five times higher monetary benefits to the farmer than other methods. It uses natural pest control methods and requires natural fertilizer made out of cow dung and urine. The great success of layer methodology across many countries and within India is leading to its adoption for various crops, mainly by innovative small farmers. The layer model method does not rely on specially bred varieties. The resulting crops are resilient, nutritious, pesticide-free, and their cost of production is low. For the pilot project in Durdih, khetee has introduced a farmer focused model. We want to scale and run capacity development training programs for farmers which include equipping farmers with high yielding multi-crop farming methods like agroforestry.
Our objective is to run advocacy for ecological agroforestry in initial phase in the village. In long term, through farmers discussion forums khetee will carry the process of retention and refinement of the practices by the farmers will be tried in the farmland. And the same practices will be shared through a mobile consultancy booth to all areas with potential for an increased agronomic status within rural India. As a result, farmers will gain confidence in their ability to get more from less by modifying their crop-management practices. They can provide for their families’ food security, obtain surpluses, and avoid indebtedness. In the process, they are enhancing the quality of their soil resources and are buffering their crops against the temperature and precipitation stresses of climate change. Thus farming will become productive, sustainable and profitable under khetee. Then khetee will work on introduction of learning center at village level for the next phase. This will be a place where farmers can inquire and get information related to ecological agroforestry during the cultivation period. Consultancy service for the farmer with regard to their field about existing problems will be the main feature of learning centers. This will further organise training programs based on their interest field within ecological agroforestry. In long term, Retention and Refinement of the practices by the farmers will be tried in the farmland. It will open their mind to new technology and methods. We have applied several proposals at different organizations and individual Donor. For pilot project we received funding from Leopold Bachmann Foundation.
As of now in my team Kumar Neeraj – Director | Founder of organisation Khetee.
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I am a law student and completed Kanthari International Leadership Training where my mentor for this project is Roland Frutig and Vetriselvam.
Dharamjeet Kumar - Co founder of Khetee, M.A. Development and AIF Clinton Fellow 2016.
Bablu Kumar Yadav as Admin & Accountant of Khetee who have experience of working in village on different government scheme project since 2012.
All members of my team are full time working on this project.
The pilot project has been done in Durdih village, Lakhisarai District, Bihar, India.
>Coverage of half acre of land.
> The demonstration is expected to motivate other farmers to join from second year onward.
> It is assumed that a farmer joining the programme in the second year will adopt five layer
model methodologies in 0.16 ha, which will increase to 0.32 ha in the third year and to 0.48 ha in the fourth year.
> Effective dissemination of technology and follow-up is ensured with one five layer model coordinator, in village and one project coordinator. By the same way it will be done in other district then other states in rural India.
Following are supporting links.
Ecological agroforestry have principles that interact in synergistic ways:
Establish healthy plants early and carefully, nurturing their root potential.
Reduce plant populations, giving each plant more room to grow above and below ground and room to capture sunlight and obtain nutrients.
Enrich the soil with organic matter, keeping it well-aerated to support better growth of roots and more aerobic soil biota.
Apply water purposefully in ways that favour plant-root and soil-microbial growth, avoiding flooded soil conditions.
khetee will work on experiential training while implementation or scaling of the five layer model, at the village level, gradually increasing distribution to greater areas within rural India.
We will create a place where farmers can inquire and get information related to ecological agroforestry during the cultivation period.
The steps under ecological agroforestry are practiced under most smallholder farmers? Conditions are the following:
The smallest model can be implemented on 36’ x 36’ and the same pattern will follow according to the land size.
Arrangement of required seeds and saplings according to the land size.
Land preparation and fencing.
Arrangement of Irrigation source
Time to time harvesting
Marketing and Selling
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