Transformation

 

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Subedar Yadav is a dairy farmer in Maudha village of Gazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, located on the border of Azamgarh district receiving cattle breeding services from BAIF’s Vizapur centre of Lalganj block in Azamgarh district. The livestock in this village is...

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From the Dark Shadows of Poverty

From the Dark Shadows of Poverty

I am Suresh Gopinath Khaire. During the worst drought in 1972, my parents migrated to Urulikanchan. After studying upto Standard V, I joined BAIF as a farm labourer and started learning about the benefits of crossbred cows I purchased a heifer from my savings and she...

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Change of Fortune

Change of Fortune

Mina Rao from Nandapur village, Koraput district of Odisha, owned two nondescript cows which were able to yield only 3 to 4 litres of milk per day. After availing of the crossbreeding service of the cattle development centre at Hikimput, his fortunes changed. His milk...

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Champion Woman Dairy Farmer

Champion Woman Dairy Farmer

Sushma Lakda, a woman dairy farmer from Kudu Navatoli, Lohardaga, Jharkhand, narrated her experience in maintaining a herd of 20 cows who yield 80-100 litres of milk every day enabling her to pursue the engineering studies of two of her sons and daughter in the...

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Blazing a New Trail

Blazing a New Trail

Vijaya Rani, an AI technician, operating a franchised cattle development centre in Chanamuthyreddy Gudern village in Atmakur Mandal, Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh since 2003, was conferred the “Women Achievers' Award” by the Times Foundation, Delhi, in...

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Harvest of Hope

Harvest of Hope

Jayantibhai Chimanbhai Patel's farm in Kesargam village in Bharuch district of Gujarat was no different from many others in the vicinity. He grew cotton and pigeon pea with traditional irrigation system. He then heard about the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), at Chaswad...

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Every Drop of Water Counts

Every Drop of Water Counts

The main occupation of Baldeogarh in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, a semi-arid  region with red sandy soil and deprived of ground water, is agriculture and its allied activities.  With rain-fed agriculture and low yielding livestock, people in this area are...

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River Revival

River Revival

Garkhindi is an interior village in Parner block of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, with 1280 population representing 256 households and 1375 ha land with agriculture as the main occupation. The average annual rainfall was 534 mm but due to scanty rainfall during...

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From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

After her husband, a farmer, committed suicide, the responsibility of bringing up her two children came on Tarabai Baban Padol from Sonewadi Budruk village, Niphad,  Nashik, Maharashtra. She has three acres of land under irrigation with a well as her source of...

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Wadi improved her Quality of Life

Wadi improved her Quality of Life

When the Governor of Maharashtra, Dr. P.C. Alexander visited the tribal development programme at Jawhar in Palghar district of Maharashtra, on October 24, 2001, his attention was drawn to a tribal woman Tulshi Rama Kinar, standing in the front row.  It was revealed...

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Wadi means business for Babanbhai

Wadi means business for Babanbhai

In early 1980's, when Dr. Manibhai Desai, Founder of BAIF, proposed to promote Orchard Development for rehabilitation of Scheduled Tribe families in South Gujarat, all the tribal  families having one acre, were invited, provided they were willing to give up...

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Factory Worker to Innovative Farmer

Factory Worker to Innovative Farmer

Babulal Dayal from Kaukheda village in Barmer, Rajasthan, was a rag picker. In 2013, he joined the BAIF-CAIRN Wadi project and planted 150 plants of ber, gunda, pomegranate, lemon, budded khejri and Apple ber on his degraded land. Realising the problems of unsafe...

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Beating all Odds

Beating all Odds

Dan Singh, a 65 year old man from Manner Malla village in Patti district of Uttarakhand, practiced traditional farming on open terraces of rugged mountainous terrain. He was often confronted with hail storm, heavy rainfall, intense heat and incidences of pests and...

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Woman Farmer demonstrates Woman Power

Woman Farmer demonstrates Woman Power

Chhabeli Devi is a marginal farmer in Gopalichak village, Dharhara, Munger district of Bhar. She had approximately one acre of land for cultivation. With her association with the TARINA Project, she was trained in vegetable cultivation and also attended an exposure...

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Vegetable Growers Double their Income

Vegetable Growers Double their Income

To increase the income of small farmers, vegetable cultivation was promoted in Damaragidda mandal of Mahaboobnagar district, Telangana, covering 1173 farmers. Major interventions included supply of superior quality vegetables seeds at subsidised cost, guiding farmers...

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