Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the people of Wardha. But we observed that the community has been practicing the traditional cropping pattern which unsustainable, and both ecologically as well as economically not viable. We at The Bajaj Foundation decided to educate farmers about the technology-led sustainable agricultural practices. We also encouraged marginal and landless farmers, especially women, to undertake dairy farming as a means to alternative livelihood.
The Bajaj Foundation has educated the Agrarian community to adopt integrated farming practices. They promote the cultivation of short duration, less water-intensive cash crops combined with horticulture and dairy farming. Even incorporation of vermicomposting, using better quality seeds and efficient technology has contributed towards enhancing crop yields.
It is a known fact that improved agricultural practices, crop yield is greater, resulting in an income hike. However, The Bajaj Foundation encourages the community to explore other land-based occupations such as dairy farming as an alternative source of income. Dairy farming also ensures better nutrition for the family. The cattle dung can be used for meeting fuel and manure needs of the household. Since women are usually responsible for taking care of the cattle, dairy farming offers them an opportunity to convert the responsibility into a productive, income-generating activity.