Trust’s Institutes & Thrust Areas .. An Overview
Sindhudurg Zillah Krishi Pratishthan is reputed non government organization established by Brig. Sudhir Sawant in Sindhudurg district Maharashtra to promote sustainable livelihood in rural area. The SZKP has evolved innovative models of micro enterprises to ensure development through dairy, goat production, agri - horti – forestry and sustainable agricultural production for food security and poverty alleviation, formation of self help groups, empowerment women and environmental sustainability come across all these programmers.
The vision of the SZKP is to building a self reliant rural agricultural society assured of food security. Good health and lean environment. SZKP mission is to create approtunities of gainful self- employment for the rural families, ensuring sustainable livelihood, enriched environment, improved quality of life and good human values. This is being achieved through development research, education, effective use of local resources, extension of appropriate technologies and upgradation of skills and capabilities with community participation.
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra has been established by SZKP under the sponsorship of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi was major mandate of Technology Assessment and demonstration for its application and capacity Development. KVK, as a frontline extension model at district level has showcased the frontier technologies, develop the capacity of different stakeholders, front runner in technology application. KVK has shown its visibility and presence in the Sindhudurg district. KVK is implementing several special programs launched through central and state governments.
Cluster frontline demonstrations, climate resilient technologies, quality seed and planting materials production, farmer centric approach, nutria-sensitive agriculture, attracting and retaining youth in agriculture, post harvest processing and value addition, skill development, organizing farmers, identifying farm innovations etc. are being given major focus. Doubling farmers income through district specific strategy is taken on priority. Linkage and conveyance with concerned departments is also strengthened. A large number of extension activities being organized by KVK in district. KVK is actively involved in production of quality seeds, planting materials, livestock, bio-products and supplying them to the needy farmers.
Chhatrapati Shivaji College of Agriculture, Kirlos-Oros was established in 2002. It is affiliated with Dr.Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Agriculture University – Dapoli and offers a 4 year B.Sc. Hon’s (Agriculture) degree course with 90 intake capacity. Main campus is situated at Sindhudurgnagari. Students successfully clearing the HSC (XII) with Science Stream are eligible for admission. College has a placement cell and each year number of companies visited our campus and recruited our students. College has well equipped laboratories including Poultry, Dairy & Goatry unit and Wi-Fi facility. Besides, college has a NSS, NCC boys and NCC girls unit.
Mango is the national Fruit of India.
In Konkan of Maharashtra alphonso is the leading cultivar in Konkan region.
Mango is well recognized as King of fruits.
India is the largest producer of Mangoes in the world.
Alphonso a symbol of quality among mango cultivars because of its peculiar flavor & longer shelf life. It is leading variety exported on large scale. However, most of the farmers of the konkan region have no direct access to market and are entirely depend upon middle men who regularly exploit them. On the other hand, the consumers are also at disadvantage, as they rarely get quality Alphonso mango for which they pay heavily, There is an urgent need to find out new market channels and also to educate both farmers and consumers regarding quality control of alphonso mangoes.
The mango festival provide common platform for buyers and sellers of mango and develop new quality concept in marketing mango. Besides this the small farmers can ensure better process for their quality produce.
The main objective of mango festival is to develop and maintain credible quality control structure so that exporters and consumers are assured of quality mango and farmers realize reasonable high price for their fruits.
The konkan region of Maharashtra is blessed with the choicest mango variety Alphanso.
The objectives of organizing the festival namely creating an interface between the farmers and consumers, standardizing the product along globally accepted norms, retionalizing the prices by eliminating middlemen, educating the farmers in emerging techniques etc. are indeed laudable. It increase export potential of mango.
Mango festival is the first step in marketing channel.
The SZKP is working for last two decades for all round development of farmers, farm women and youths in Maharashtra. The SZKP is mainly working in the field of agricultural education, research and extension and marketing of agro products. The SZKP annually organizing voluntarily the state level Sindhu Agro Fest in Sindhudurg having the theme of Konkan agro – cultural – sports – festivals with special features.
· Update knowledge and skills of farmers
· Establish production potential at farmers field.
· Make space available to demonstrate technological inputs.
· Create awareness about improved agricultural technologies.
During this festival occasions conducting activities like state level exhibition, trainings, demonstrations, field trips, farmers rally, women empowerment programme, cultural and sports competition for farmers & students. Last year about 20,000 farmers are benefited in this festival.
An ecological farming approach. The system works aong with the natural biodiversity. Natural farming cut down farming expenditure drastically. It encourage use of local seeds and biomass. The farming with nature without chemicals.
SZKP’s Regular Ongoing Projects – An Overview
- Nursery & Inter-cropping
- Nutrition Farming & NKG
- Self Help Groups
- Poultry Unit
- Distance Learning
Nursery means plants propagation techniques and practices. It is basic need of horticulture, vigorous & healthy seedlings/ saplings produced qualitative & quantitative food. Programmes implementing to develop the nurseries for horticulture development. There is a huge demand of skilled professional in nursery operations. It is a remunerative enterprises provides employment opportunities.
In addition to mono – cropping intercropping systems developed for diversification. It is benefited for yield and nutrient acquisition. Intercropping is a multiple cropping practice growing two or more crops in proximity. Intercropping of compatible plants encourage biodiversity.
FSN focus on diversifying household food and diets for better nutrition and health by introducing production diversity. The thrust of the interventions was on increasing the area and availability of nutrient dense crops. Designing nutrition sensitive farming system. Nutrition awareness & integrating nutritional dimension in farmer’s own farm.
NKG is a device to grow vegetables on a small plot of land. Growing vegetables naturally without any contamination. Vegetables grown for getting pure, fresh & cheap meals near to kitchen. It leads to control malnutrition. This improves the physical, mental & spiritual health.
The SZKP has implemented the women empowerment programme for capacity building of women in Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. About 2500 SHGs are registered by SZKP to provide a platform for poor women to participate in main stream economics activity. The SZKP help in capacity building by providing greater awareness on various agricultural development and welfare programme relating to women health ad education. SZKP invervention enable women to become self reliant, develop interpersonal skills and recognize the importance of the role and contribution they can make to society. In addition women are imparted much needed professional skills in agricultural for self employment.
KVK had introduced Giriraja, Vanraja & Kadaknath breeds of poultry in this district. Demand for the said technology input was increasing. KVK has supplied three week old Giriraja, Vanraja & Kadaknath chicks to the farmers in the district. The trust have two poultry units for growing the poultry birds for demonstration and commercial purpose.