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Located in a rain-fed area with limited water availability, residents say farming in Bhaironkonda has become particularly precarious in the last few years, owing to changing climatic conditions, and increasing costs of agriculture. Distressed, and desperate for solutions, some farmers started participating in Farmer Field Schools (FFS) organised by WOTR in 2019, as part of Axis Bank Foundation’s Sustainable Livelihoods Programme.
A large majority of the families in Narayanpet, Telangana are either wage labourers or small and marginal farmers who own less than 1Ha. of land. They have meagre incomes, limited access to resources, and no additional skill or financial support available to generate an alternate income. Keeping these factors in mind, the families were given support with backyard poultry farming.
Paddy is the staple food for the majority of Narayanpet’s population and is grown in these parts extensively. Its cultivation has always been traditional, with farmers flooding the fields to grow it. Given the severe land and water constraints, WOTR decided to promote System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and System of Crop Intensification (SCI) amongst farmers under Axis Bank Foundation’s Sustainable Livelihoods Programme.