(Our Homestead Gardens are our identity)

Introduction

Every Assamese household in rural areas are known for their proud possession of a Bari (Referred to as Homestead Gardens) where few areca nuts/ coconuts and some leafy vegetables that do not demand any care are grown. Vast majority of this area remain unused. In this land shortage era, this area needs to be targeted for production of high income generating crops including vegetables, fruits and spices. SPREAD NE started doing exactly that to usher in an economic movement to develop the land for conservation and production of indigenous nutritious crops of the region organically.

SPREAD NE first trained the women farmers on “perma gardening” using resources like bamboo to make bio intensive raised beds to practice organic farming through the best use of the garden resources has been successfully pursued and demonstrated. These beds have been used for production of horticultural crops like Assam lemon and banana besides indigenous fruits and vegetables. Indigenous herbs and spices were also included in the model and to support these activities with needed organic fertilizer, the beneficiary households were trained on production of vermi-compost on bamboo-made-vermicomposting tank. Bio- pesticide making unit facilities were also covered. The seeds were arranged locally. Inclusion of modern technologies like poly- houses and micro-irrigation system for “permanent gardening” are on anvil. The plan of SPREAD- NE is to cover a minimum of 10 villages in each district with 100 households in each village to promote Farm-tourism and agripreneurs to connect the villages with city-people/ colleges and schools and thus spread the concept of Amar Bari Amar Porichay. A district level Ecological farmer’s Organization is also planned to be formed with Plant Health Clinics and market led production planning. A brand of North East Naturals will be created and FPOs formation explored.

Objectives:

  • To develop Farm and Food entrepreneurs among Rural youth to stop distress migration of youth from village to urban places through profitable “Bari Unnayan Model”.
  • To utilize the potentiality of Assamese homestead garden (Bari) to sustain food and financial security of the rural households.
  • To develop low cost ecological farming methods harnessing the complementarities of the resources for less and lesser dependence on off farm inputs and using them optimally to suit ecology balancing.
  • To create and also propagate local seeds banks for quality as well as their registration under PPVR & FA, GoI.
  • To enter into Poly-Green houses mode of production system encompassing vertical farming methods for optimal space use and round the year production of seasonal crops.
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