Organic Farming Updated On 2017-11-22
Name of the JLG: SURYA PRABHA
District : Kollam
Total number of Members: 5
Name of The Members: Reena, Deepa, Lali, Sheela, Ambili
Total Area of cultivation: 4 Acres
Major crops: Rice, Banana, Tubers, Tapioca, Vegetables
Success Wheel of Determined - Surya Prabha - an example for many
Surya Prabha JLG is now a real exemplary evidence for determination, hard work and team spirit. They aimed mainly on the wasteland farming and organic agricultural practice. They always strive hard to provide healthy and pesticide free food materials to the families and the society. They started their first step in a 25 cent land with the plantain and beans as primary crop with tapioca as a support crop. Soon they could found the results of their hard work and could harvest their yield. They could sell their plantain for 55 per kilo grams and it boost their confidence and self respect. Again they plant the Yam (Chena) and taro (Chembu) as Intercropping and this too seems to be beneficial and economical.
With the support of the nearby cattle farmers, they could procure the bio manures and could use these for the additional manure need and also to yield a higher result. They seek the support from the District Mission, Kollam to receive machineries to make their work simpler and the machines included the Paddy seeder, weed cutter, sprayer and so on. With the support of these machineries, they spread their cultivation into another 30 cent. They planted paddy on these 30 cents. These machineries simplifies their human effort and also it appeared to be financially viable for them as it reduce the expenditure as wages to a great extent.
Despite being a support to their livelihood and the family, they provide an additional helping hand to the society and for other who are passionate in doing agriculture. They provided the support as lessons and new seedlings to whoever genuinely approached them and they inspired others to produce the healthy and uncontaminated vegetables and also to use these pure things and spread the message for the same. Apart from these, they also have started poultry, diary and fish cultivation in a small scale, likely to extend to a large scale one. They also do bee keeping obtaining high quality, authentic honey. They also look forward to start a diary farm and also to produce value added product out of milk.
The success story of Surya Prabha is a model for the upcoming farmers as it clearly depicts how a strong will can transform the life of poor women to a real example. This is the way where the nature interacted with the life of humans. It shows that everyone can contribute their part to the success of one’s life and what is needed is a dream- a dream to make a mark in the future to come. Surya Prabha, as its name rightly say create a Light in the Darkness of the lives of many and also show the light to a society by leading a path to the Nature friendly, sustainable practice to follow in life.
Support from Kudumbashree
They received support like area incentives, production incentives, bank linkage, interest subsidies and training which help them to improve their farming activities. They sell their products in Kudumbashree weekly market, VFPCK, open markets and Krishi Bhavan Markets.
Received Kudumbashree best JLG award in 2015, 2016. Best JLG award from Grama Panchayat.