Partners of Maharashtra RRAN Join Forces to Guide Farmers in Rainfed Areas

Translation of RRA Network Team | July 30, 2020

in the translation of Amit Gadre, Agrowon (Marathi Language) | July 26, 2020

Maharashtra RRANetwork

Organizations in the MahaRRA Network Group have launched kharif campaigns across the state covering various topics such as foodcrop diversification, supplementary industries, fodder production, seed conservation and protection, employment guarantee law.

Organizations in the Maharashtra Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture Network (MahaRRAN) have started a kharif campaign to revive the drought-prone region. Under this various issue like foodcrop diversification, supplementary industries, fodder production, seed conservation, and protection, employment guarantee law are being communicated to the farmers across the state. A review of the progress of this campaign.

During the Corona Outbreak of the last five months, health facilities, employment opportunities, and migrants from rural areas to urban areas have been the main topics of discussion. How to satisfy hunger? The corona outbreak in the last five months has raised the issue of food security at the top.

Giving information about this, Mr. Sajal Kulkarni, Coordinator of the campaign, said that in the last few decades, the market system has broken all the traditional systems of animal husbandry, fishing, poultry and goat rearing along with agriculture and created a market-oriented system. In this situation, our production system as a whole, mainly agriculture and related businesses, needs to be reconsidered in the wake of the Corona crisis.

From this discussion, organizations from across the state, which are part of the Maharashtra Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network (MahaRRAN), launched a Kharif campaign to revitalize the drylands. It mainly raises awareness on diversification of foodcrops, fodder security and based on local animal husbandry, fishing approach, and direction of development, seed conservation, protection and employment guarantee law, how to secure employment


Secretary of Gramin Yuva Pragatik Mandal Bandera, Mr Avil Borker said, considering the fertility of the land campaign issues in dryland farm, is the organic farming, the seeds of Picture3different crops, indigenous culture and spread. The cropping pattern includes monoculture-dicotyledonous crops, oilseeds, tuber crops, spice crops, vegetables, yarn crops and fodder crops. Emphasis is placed on soil fertility and protected use of available water as well as allied crops, mixed crops. Animal Husbandry is also an important issue. At the farmer level, the use of indigenous seed self-sufficiency, seed production, crop protection, crop nutrition, use of manned, bullock carts in dryland agriculture is planned. For this, a department wise tool bank is being set up, with an emphasis on collective farming.


The area under crops like Nagli and Wari in the tribal belt is declining. Due to traditional management, this crop does not provide the expected yield to the farmers and also does not provide adequate nutritional value in the diet. With this in mind, Pragati Abhiyan in Picture1Nashik has undertaken special initiatives for the last three years to increase the production of Nagli in the tribal belt of Nashik, Palghar and Thane districts. In this regard, the Director of the Institute, Ms. Ashwini Kulkarni, said that through the Institute, emphasis has been laid on the promotion and propagation of more productive and nutritious local varieties, adoption of improved technologies for increasing production, use of organic fertilizers, pesticides. This has increased the production from 2.5 quintals per acre to 7 quintals. Nagli is in increasing demand in rural as well as urban markets. Neglected Nagli has become a high yielding crop.

Mr. Datta Patil, Director (Yuva Rural Association), Nagpur, Jagar of Protected Irrigation, said that the major problem in dryland farming is that in the last state of crop growth, there is a shortage of water when the grains are filled and the yield is reduced. With this in mind, we are inculcating the techniques of water, soil conservation, economical use of available water and protected water planning techniques at the stage of crop growth in actual agriculture.


Dryland farming is well-supported by animal husbandry. For this, it is necessary to increase the availability of fodder in the local area. Mr. Kasutubh Pandharipande, Secretary, Samvedana Samaj Vikas Sanstha, said, “We are working on locally available grass fodder crops and their nutritional value.” Instead of using land under food crops for fodder production, it is possible to use land reserved for fodder belonging to the Forest Department in the area. According to our study, in five districts of West Vidarbha, the Forest Department has 42,000 hectares of land available for grass protection and fodder crops. Local fodder species produce well here. They do not need water supply. In particular, it is possible to cultivate nutritious fodder like Pavana, Marvel in village Shivara with the participation of people. There are fodder crop schemes for the state under the National Animal Mission of the Central Government. It should be taken advantage of.


Picture2The Center for People’s Collective at Nagpur works in coordination with local issues and government offices under the campaign. The information selected at various levels under the campaign will be submitted to the government. Mr. Pravin Mote, Director of the organization said that information is being imparted to tribal farmers on new technologies, forest rights, sale of forest produce and management. So that tribal farmers can have a source of income at the village level.


  • The campaign is being implemented by the Maharashtra branch of RRA Network through public participation. The main objective is to facilitate dryland farming related to food crops and local issues in the Corona background.
  • Awareness through the campaign in about 505 villages in 36 talukas of 26 districts in all the divisions of the state, dissemination of technology with the help of various departments of the government
  • Reaching out to about 25,000 farmers in dryland agriculture in Vidarbha, Marathwada, North Maharashtra, Solapur and Sangli districts.
  • Nagpur, Wardha, Amarvati, Washim, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Akola districts of Vidarbha


  • Cultivation of local seeds and coarse grains
  • Livestock, fodder storage and availability, grassland, regeneration of cattle, vaccination of animals
  • Water, soil conservation, protected irrigation methods
  • Freshwater fishing, revival of local small lakes
  • Implementation of employment guarantee scheme
  • Planning for individual and collective forest rights, land farming and other works
  • Wildlife crop damage claims and claims productive
  • Information and communication center for guidance


  • Pragati Abhiyan, Nashik
  • Foundation for Ecology and Economic Development, Nagpur
  • Yuva Rural Association, Nagpur
  • Center for People’s Collective, Nagpur
  • Srujan, Yavatmal
  • Urgam Gramin Vikas Sanstha, Hingoli
  • Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi, Gadchiroli
  • Srishti, Gadchiroli
  • Gramin yuva Pragatik Mandal Bhandara
  • Gaolao Breeder’s Association, Wardha
  • Paryavaran Mitra, Chandrapur
  • Bioconcepts, Pune

|| About Maharashtra RRA Network ||
Please contact Mr. Sajal Kulkarni ( | 98814792390)

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