PAGRI

Harinder Lamba
Oak Forest, Illinois, US
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About PAGRI

PAGRI (Punjab Agricultural Rejuvenation Initiative) is an organization that is dedicated to transforming the agricultural scene in Punjab especially by increasing the incomes of small farmers and through food processing. Registered in the State of Illinois early in 2021, PAGRI has developed a very good network of people in Punjab who are very knowledgeable about the real conditions on the ground, and are supported by a dedicated and motivated band of people in the US and Canada that is managing the organization. We intend to maintain a high level of integrity and honesty, be respectful of culture and help build a cooperative spirit of helping others among those we work with and help in Punjab.

The main focus of Pagri

Pagri has started activities in Punjab by supporting farmer’s markets and educating farmers on organic farming. We are initiating new activities in developing a platform to directly link farmers and customers, food processing, and marketing of processed products.

We have transformed and enhanced two projects that can be seen on the right - answering the desperate need for Extension work that gives direct advice to farmers about better agricultural practices, and educating and helping farmers to methodically adopt organic farming. Both in order to solve some of the urgent environmental, health and water shortage problems of Punjab.

Thoughts on future activities

PAGRI is planning to expand activities in a big way in the area of developing an Integrated Farming Model and demonstration that includes dairy and poultry farming for small farmers. Future project activity will also focus on food processing, using the expertise of knowledgeable people in Punjab, so that small farmers are not at the mercy of big corporations. Also in the planning stages is the modernization of agricultural trade in Punjab by developing a Portal that will connect farmers with various people that are active in the agrarian economy and in food production organizations. 

The Leadership 

Currently, the main leadership consists of Lal Singh as president, Kuldeep Singh Sra as Treasurer and Harinder Singh Lamba as Secretary. Lal Singhji is a retied electrical engineer with very good contacts with people who are active in Punjab's agriculture. Kuldeepji  operates another organization called "Dheean Pukardian" that supports the education of girls in Punjab, and Harinderji is a retired engineer that designed railway locomotives, who is very active in climate change issues, has written books and has much experience in organic gardening in the USA. The leadership will be expanded as the needs of Pagri grow. We will be adding photos of the leadership.

Below is a photo from one of our projects, showing Gurbinder Bajwa (third from right) engaging in dialogues and education relating to agriculture.

 

  • 01/24/2023

    Our Plans for 2023

    MANY MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO DONATED & SUPPORTED!

    THANKS TO YOU WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO MUCH MORE!

    We will certainly be reporting and letting you know the benefits of your donations!

    Please stay engaged. Special outreach events will occur in June (Worl Environment Day), October and then the "Power of Giving" event in November.

    We start by thanking our donors, supporters, advisors and those active on the ground in Punjab. For those of you who donated in 2021 and 2022 and especially those who donated via Dasvandh Network in November 2022, we thank you from the bottom of our heart. The success of the November 2022 fundraising on Dasvandh Network for Pagri was due to the matching funds arranged by Dasvandh and because many of you responded to appeals by our president and others. Thanks for giving us the resources to be effective in 2023! We will keep reporting on our progress, and the extent to which we are helping Punjab’s farmers.

    Background


    Early in 2021, we registered as a nonprofit organization in the state of Illinois, USA, with Lal Singh as president, Kuldeep Singh Sra as treasurer, and Harinder Singh Lamba as secretary. Since then, thanks to the contacts developed by our president, we have developed extensive contacts in Punjab and a network of supporters in the US and Canada. In 2022, we used this information to launch two projects in Punjab that we describe briefly below.

    Pagri’s mission is to help transform the agriculture of Punjab to one that is better environmentally and economically, to help its farmers (especially small farmers) increase their incomes, to help consumers get clean and healthy nutritious food, and then to help with all the post-harvest methods from storage to food processing.

    Important News!

    Our president, Lal Singh, visited Punjab recently, solidified relationships, held meetings in a couple of places and got feedback on how best to proceed. It also became clear that Pagri should be at the table in convincing the new Punjab government to change policies to help transform agriculture and to benefit farmers. We will be engaging in this process.

    Our Plans for 2023

    1.     Expanding Current Projects
    a.     Extension for Better Agricultural Practices – Leader, Gurbinder Bajwa
    This project provides a much-needed extension activity to guide farmers on lower cost agriculture, environmentally friendly practices and (chemical) residual free crops. An example is to use the direct seeding of rice (DSR) that uses much less water and then mulches the straw (instead of burning it), and then plants the wheat seeds among the mulch without tillage – savings all around in water, fertilizer, diesel fuel, and pesticides and herbicides – all expensive inputs. This project will help in those areas that are favorable for high value basmati rice, while helping all other areas of Punjab transition out of rice.
    b.    Educating Farmers for Organic Farming – Leader, Balwinder Singh
    Here we are working to identify and support willing farmers who will implement new lower cost organic farming type practices, so that these farmer’s fields can act as demonstration sites and motivate other farmers to change their practices from the current wheat-rice monocultures. The objective here is to create a revolution among small farmers through actual ground level action. This also needs a parallel activity to convince consumers of the higher value of organic produce, so that they are willing to pay more for it (as now happens in the US).
    2.    Addition of Project for Integrated Farming – Leader, Dr. Rachhpal Bajwa
    This project will be added to Pagri projects and will be posted on Dasvandh Network and the Pagri website. We are looking for good ways to implement this project activity and emphasis. The benefit of such an approach is that it helps farmer incomes on small areas of land by adding, say, poultry, dairy and fodder crops, with use of manure as fertilizer.
    3.    Addition of Project for Food Processing
    Through bad agricultural policies, Punjab lags way behind Haryana in food processing, which is a high value-added post-harvest activity that also helps mop up surpluses that depress prices. With the advice of above project leaders or food processing experts such as Harpreet Singh Bhatti and Puneet Singh Thind, and our project leaders, we will attempt to define how a small activity can be started here.
    4.     Information Technology Tasks
    This will aim at revamping the Pagri website to act as decisive center for disseminating information (education, news, project activities, articles, videos, feedback, etc.) and encouraging interactions. After completing that we will be establishing pages for Pagri on FaceBook and YouTube so as to have a dynamic presence of Pagri on social media. All future newsletters will also be published on the Blog page of our website.
    5.    Online Marketing
    Online technology development will be looked at through the development of, say, a Farmer to Consumer App (so consumers can contact area farmers and by directly) – take this App and have it beta tested and then rolled out. Another activity that has been conceived is to provide online advice on FPOs (Food Processing Organizations) to farmers from experts and for farmers to communicate amongst themselves and use it as an organizing tool.

    Others who will be providing core support in Pagri are:


    Birender Singh
    Manny Singh – Strategic Adviser
    Sheena Sawhney – Outreach and host of online events

    We look forward to your increasing support in 2023 so that we can implement our expanded activities and do even more.

    We will certainly be reporting and letting you know the benefits of your donations!


    Harinder Lamba
    Secretary, Pagri

  • 11/25/2022

    Many Thanks Donors for Your Support

    Dear Donors who donated during the Dasvandh "Power of Giving Week" - Nov. 11-20, 2022

    Many many thanks from our fearless president, Lal Singhji and the entire Pagri team, for supporting Pagri activities and projects by donating. That is a vote of confidence in Pagri, and believe me, we will live up to your expectations by doing good work to transform Punjab's agriculture and to increase the incomes of farmers. We will provide you here with very regular feedback on the progress we are able to achieve and the benefits to farmers and agriculture. Your donations will be spent well and to make the most focussed impact to acheive meaningful results.

    We are also geting geared to send you regular Newsletters using Mailchimp, where you should see more personalized communications. 

    Our two project updates and thanks are also being provided - these are the "Extension for Good Agriculturla Practices" and "Educating Farmers for Organic Farming", which you can also see to the right of our main Pagri organization description. 

    Harinder Lamba

    Secretary, Pagri

  • 11/25/2022

    We will be Expanding Our Activities Also

    Dear Pagri Supporters,

    We will be adding a new project soon for an Integrated Farming Project, that you will be seeing as soon as we have it fully defined in terms of a photo and description. 

    In the new year, our President Lal Singhji wants to expand our activity. So, we also will be defining project activity relating to food processing, and using your donations to improve our online technology, both the US and in Punjab - direct communications between farmers and consumers and an online way for food processing experts to advise farmers about Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs).

    Harinder Lamba

    Secretary, Pagri

  • 09/05/2022

    Transforming Projects - Extension & Organic Farmin

    Dear Pagri Supporters:

    We have transfromed our two projects to the ones as follows:

    1.Extension for good agricultural practices, environmentally friendly practices, lower cost cultivation and residual free crops - Project Leader, Gurbinder Singh Bajwa, Gurdaspur

    2.Education and help to farmers to transition to organic farming - Project Leader, Balwinder Singh, Faridkot.

    Please visit the two projects of Pagri to see all the exciting details of these two great projects with two expert, motivated and sincere leaders.

    All of this is being achieved under the very able leadership of our Pagri President, Lal Singhji, who got us in touch with these persons and motivated us to start these projects. We need your donations to support these projects!

    Harinder Lamba

    Secretary Pagri

  • 06/13/2022

    An Update to Overall Pagri Activities

    Dear Friends,

    We are finally ramping up our activities with significant actions being initiated in the following areas:

    1. Drirect extension to farmers so that they can implement better agriculturla practices.

    2. Online support to farmers in their efforts to form Farmer's Producer Organizations (FPOs)

    3. Online App to directly link farmers to customers

    4. Further developing direct marketing by farmers and possibly setting up a demonstration site

    5. Direct support for FPO formation for crops like Basmati rice and Sugracane.

    Harinder Lamba

    Secretary, PAGRI

     

Name Donate Amount Date
Sarv Singh $25.00 January 2023
K. S. $10.00 January 2023
J. B. $10.00 January 2023
K. S. $10.00 December 2022
J. B. $10.00 December 2022
Shivjit Singh Hundle $200.00 November 2022
Match Fund $250.00 November 2022
Lal Singh $400.00 November 2022
Match Fund $150.00 November 2022
Karamjeet Singh $10.00 November 2022
J. B. $10.00 November 2022
Anneeth Kaur Hundle $100.00 November 2022
Harpreet Chawla $400.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
Sadhu Rikhiraj $50.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
Ranbir Sokhi $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
Jasbir Saluja $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $250.00 November 2022
Karamjeet Singh $250.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
Amanda Arsenault $50.00 November 2022
Match Fund $250.00 November 2022
Amarjit Singh $250.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
Rachhpal Bajwa $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
Devinder Singh $50.00 November 2022
Match Fund $400.00 November 2022
Ishmeet Singh $400.00 November 2022
Match Fund $51.00 November 2022
Swati Garg $51.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
Devinder Singh $50.00 November 2022
Match Fund $170.00 November 2022
Somal Watches Clocks Parts & Tools Supply Ltd. Harinder Singh $170.00 November 2022
Match Fund $400.00 November 2022
K. S. $500.00 November 2022
Match Fund $200.00 November 2022
Kabal Gill $200.00 November 2022
Match Fund $200.00 November 2022
Aman Dhillon $200.00 November 2022
Match Fund $200.00 November 2022
SUKHWINDER BRAICH $200.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
Jaspreet Singh $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $400.00 November 2022
Narinderpal S Sood $800.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
H. K. $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
Saihajpreet Singh $50.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
Sheena Sawhney $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
Navjot Singh $50.00 November 2022
Match Fund $200.00 November 2022
Sarwan Singh Raju $200.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
HARJINDER DHANJAL $50.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
Dharm Bains $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $101.00 November 2022
Rajinder Mago $101.00 November 2022
Match Fund $400.00 November 2022
JAGJIT KALEKA $400.00 November 2022
Match Fund $30.00 November 2022
Kuldip Singh Makker $30.00 November 2022
Match Fund $400.00 November 2022
LAL SINGH $400.00 November 2022
Match Fund $400.00 November 2022
INDER MOHINI $400.00 November 2022
Match Fund $10.00 November 2022
Harinder Lamba $10.00 November 2022
Match Fund $400.00 November 2022
Kuldeep Sra $400.00 November 2022
Match Fund $300.00 November 2022
Harinder Lamba $300.00 November 2022
Anonymous $400.00 March 2022
Rajinder Mago $101.00 December 2021
Harinder Lamba $100.00 December 2021

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Current Projects

Environment

Educating Farmers about Organic Farming

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Environment

Extension for Good Agricultural Practices

Please donate to this transformed project, which has been greatly enhanced with good
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