ECOLOGICALLY SOUND,ECONOMICALLY VIABLE

COMMUNITY MANAGED SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA

T. Vijay Kumar, and others.. SERP

CMSA approach is currently under scrutiny and observation by many agencies. National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture being set up by Government of India is looking at the CMSA approach as one of the key strategies to be replicated at the national level.  However, mainstream agricultural research and extension institutions and other programs providing subsidies to farmers for usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are still skeptic and more dialogue is needed between the farmers and scientific community practicing sustainable agriculture.
The current dialogue on role of agriculture in adaptation to climate change and reduction of carbon footprint through reduction in usage of chemical fertilizers has also started.

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Water harvesting structures at Mosodih village in the Seraikela- Kharsawan district of Jharkhand have given Lakshman and Sarla stable irrigation and moisture in the soil. They grow enough for themselves and their four children to eat all through the year. The surplus is sold in neighbouring markets. The yield of paddy on their land has been steadily going up and is now 1.2 tonnes.
Small Field, Big Crop
by Rita and Umesh Anand, Civil Society, 01 March, 2009
According to activists from Nagpur based organisation YUVA, alternate method of sustainable agriculture offers a way out of the agrarian crisis of Vidarbha where thousand of farmers have committed suicide. An activist associated with the organization Palash Goshal says, an Integrated Natural Sustainable Agricultural Process has helped them successfully combat farmer\'s suicide in over 500 villages of Vidarbha.
Alternate method of farming may save farmers
by SANDRP, Dams, Rivers & People, 01 February, 2009
Long years of neglect have made the revival of agriculture tricky. Farmers need access to creative solutions in dealing with their current burden of problems. This assistance is best provided in the field through specific interventions. It is a slow and complex process in which many actors have to be involved. It means marrying traditional systems with new technologies. But above all it requires a vision of national prosperity linked to ecological balance and well- being in rural areas.
The small farmer
by Umesh Anand, Civil Society, 01 March, 2009
Agricultural biodiversity is critical to the issue of biodiversity, especially in the present context of globalisation of agriculture that intends to promote genetically modified monocropping as a strategy to enhance productivity in agriculture. The green revolution model of agriculture which started in the 1960s focused on high response varieties of seeds, high external inputs and chemicalisation of agriculture; this resulted in monocrops, destroying the biodiversity in agriculture in the irrigated tracts (Shiva, 1992; Kothari, 1997). However, some pockets of rainfed agriculture, which have not been targeted by this model of agriculture, have still sustained their biodiversity (Pionetti and Reddy, 2002). It is in this context that the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan initiated a study on agro-biodiversity in the Zaheerabad region of Deccan area. The present paper discusses the current status of agro-biodiversity, threats to agro-biodiversity, existing gap and major strategies to fill gaps and measures to be taken for enhancing agro-biodiversity.
Sustenance and Enhancement of Agro-Biodiversity
by B Suresh Reddy, Social Action, 01 January, 2009