Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)

With financial support from NRLM/ OLM/ Madhyam foundation DSS continued the MKSP program in Balipatana block targeting 600 women farmers in sustainable agriculture practices. During the year the following activities were undertaken.

• Training programs : DSS conducted training programs on Soil testing & Soil health management, Seed selection & Preservation, Organic ways of cultivation, Plant protection SRI paddy Sustainable agriculture, Group management Book keeping etc. 470 women farmers were trained under 17 programs.
• Exposure visit: an exposure visit of female farmers to immersion site (Nayagarh district) was organized where the female farmers were exposed to different vegetable farming practices.
• Orientation to PRI members: 2 program were organized where 54 PRI participate and learned about the program.
• Social Audit: One social audit was conducted at Gram Panchayat level where 35 stakeholders participated.
• PI disclosure: Wall posters/ hoardings were done at different locations describing the program.
• 60 individual Cold chambers constructed in the house s of 60 female farmers for vegetable preservation.
• 2 no of weight measures were provided to 2 sub producer groups.
• Profiling of female farmers: Computerized data base was prepared for 600 female farmers.
• End Line Survey: The end line survey was conducted with the help of CRPs for comparing with baseline study results. It showed the doubling of income of the farmers and 60% adoption of organic and sustainable practices.

Above all the two cooperatives formed have been strengthened with handholding support from the project team.

Gain Insight About the MKSP, India's Women's Farmer's Market Program

 The Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) aims at enhancing the participation of the women in the farmer's market sector. It seeks to strengthen the rural market through marketing the farmers' produce and supplies to the locality. The farmers' produce includes vegetable, fruits, grains, meat, milk, eggs, sugar, fish, etc. Its research and development focus on processes involved in production, processing, packaging, transportation, and marketing, and the market research of local growers. It is also concerned with improving soil fertility, increasing productivity and water use, thereby enabling the farmers to make a living. One of the achievements of the MKSP is it's success in increasing farmers' crop yields.
 The Khajuri segment of the MKSP concentrates on protecting the livestock from the various predators present in the fields. One of the effective techniques is the use of the communal baits, which aids in keeping the predators away from the farmlands. It is not uncommon to find prey animals fleeing from fields due to the presence of predators. The communally baited fields are a good deterrent to these predators. When the cattle graze on the baited fields, they find that they cannot escape being consumed by predators. This results in the herd moving towards the safety of the fields.
 The MKSP also focuses on educating women about the importance of cultivating agricultural products and supplies. They educate women on how to cultivate vegetables, fruits, etc. The women are encouraged to sell these products. The MKSP aims at maintaining healthy lives for the farmers. It strives to ensure their well-being and encourages the community to participate in farming and harvesting. One of the methods adopted to ensure this is its FarmHelp project, which is designed to bring together farmers in a national scheme.
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