While there is rampant usage of pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers and GMO seeds – all in the name of helping farmers earn a better living, here is the real story around sustainable agricultural practices actually benefiting farmers in Andhra Pradesh.
Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) encorages natural farming and is shifting farming from being input intensive to knowledge intensive. The key to CSMA is -
- Non Pesticide Management
- Integrated Nutrient Management
- Inter Cropping
This practice has not only been able to recharge ground water and improve farmer health, it has also been able to increase farmers’ earnings by as much as 75%.
3100 villages have benefited from CMSA and have been able to achieve aggregate annual cost savings of US$69.5 million and the employment generation program has created 185,748 jobs for the rural youth.