Sustainable Farming

Challenges

  • Entire Perambalur is rain-fed drought prone
  • Only 1/3 of cultivated land receives irrigation
  • Monopolization of cash crops – cotton and maize has depleted soil wealth
  • Kannapadi Tank – the primary source of irrigation and ground water for surrounding villages of Thenur neglected

Payir’s Intervention

  • Demonstration farm for organic farming setup in 5 acres
  • Introduced vermi-composting and drip irrigation technique in Thenur
  • Knowledge transfer to around 450 farmers on cultivation of vegetables and cereals
  • Prepared detailed analysis of Kannapadi tank and submitted to District
  • Demonstrated Afforestation projects for the village

Impact

  • Still seminal to analyze impact
  • Lack of rain and water for past 7 years has hindered with our agriculture initiatives
  • 50+ trees planted in our 7 acre property