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Extension for Good Agricultural Practices

A project of PAGRI
PAGRI-LOGO-COLOR.png Harinder Lamba
Oak Forest, Illinois, US
$2,316pledged of $10,000 goal
$2,316goal: $10,000
12donors
Yes tax deductible
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The Problems

Punjab has gone through some tough times with “Green Revolution” agriculture, with high levels of the use of water, chemical herbicides and pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and decreasing soil fertility. At the same time, farmers have been left with little support in terms of extension work that would help them transition to better practices.

So what is Pagri Doing?

That is why PAGRI is transitioning this project to one that provides “Extension for good agricultural practices, environmentally friendly practices, lower cost cultivation and residual free crops”. For this we have been fortunate to find a very capable, experienced, motivated, sincere and active person in Gurbinder Singh Bajwa, who was already doing such activities, but now Pagri is supporting him to do better and, as good results are seen, expand the project.

Our Approach 

Gurbinderji will be educating and demonstrating to farmers the basics of better agricultural practices by personal onsite visits to farmers within easy travel distances to his base in Gurdaspur district – sowing, care and harvesting. Although the current planting season has passed, next year this will include the direct seeding of rice (DSR) without the water flooding technique. For the remainder of this year, it will be directed at wheat, sugar cane and other crops. He will be teaching farmers how to use different pesticides and herbicides (made on the farm) instead of the poisonous chemicals. He is very practical and his advice is good for farmers that want to transition away from damaging agricultural practices.

Some More Specifics 

He will be teaching farmers the use of machines specially designed for small farmers. Also, how to not burn the stubble after harvest and use it for mulch. The techniques he teaches will be reduce the costs to farmers (as the use of expensive chemicals and machines will be reduced) and reduce the use of water – a major issue for Punjab. High cost of inputs for green revolution agriculture is a major cause of farmer suicides. The harvested crops will be free of poisonous chemical residues, which will promote the health of consumers and improve water quality of water table. He will provide guidance to Pagri on how to organize food processing activities for the farmers he helps.

What we have posted

Also see the photos of him that we have posted. Watching the short YouTube video sent to us from Gurbinderji will give you an overall familiarity with what he is doing with the support of PAGRI. We hope that you will support this PAGRI project and very worthwhile activities of the project led by Gurbinder Bajwa by donating generously!!

https://youtu.be/jgd3wv6Vu3c

Also see his frequent and good postings on FaceBook where he is very active:

https://www.facebook.com/bajwagurbinder
September 12, 2022

  • 01/24/2023

    Expanding our Extension Work with Farmers

    Many many thanks to those who donated and supported! In 2023, we will use these resources to expand this project as well as enable us to record and report better. Primary here will be efforts to improve extension and reach more farmers.

    Getting farmers to adopt new and better techniques does NOT happen unless someone goes to their farm and guides and educates them on what to do. That is what Gurbinder Bajwa is doing. This work has become crucial as government agencies have not been doing these in recent years.

    Many techniques are needed to begin transforming the practices of farmers so that they adopt these to use less water, less tillage, less chemical fertilizer and less of pesticides and herbicides. In so doing, also reduce the costs to the farmer, in terms of both money and labor. The practices then become more environmentally friendly, including not burning the residues after harvesting!

    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.

  • 10/31/2022

    Video from Leader - request support PAGRI project

    Video from Gurbinder Bajwa of importance of Pagri Support for
    Extension Work for Good Agricultural Practices


    Please watch this video from Gurbinder Singh Bajwa, the leader of this project.

    He points out the big importance of extension work that will guide farmers away from damaging practices to good agricultural practices. Work that he had begun and about which he has good practical knowledge and experience. His work is better because he actually visits farmers in their fields and guides them on different and better agricultural practices. He thanks Pagri for beginning to support his work on this project and making a good case for support from us that is long term and which grows.

    Please support the effort by donating to this Pagri project so that we can reach more farmers effectively to transform their practices to ones that are environmentally friendly, lower in cost and leads to crops that are free of damaging chemical residues.
     
    YouTube Video
    https://youtu.be/jgd3wv6Vu3c

  • 09/05/2022

    Update on Transforming this to EffectiveExtension

    Dear Well Wishers,


    We are really excited about this project as we have a very capable, experienced, motivated, sincere and active person in Gurbinder Singh Bajwa, who is leading this activity. Gurbinderji has already been active in this activity, and we are supporting him to do better and, based on continuing good work, expand this project.


    Gurbinderji is a very practical, knowledgeable, hands on type of person who has been going directly to farmers fields and helping and advising them in better agricultural practices that will transition farmers away from damaging practices. This is the best kind of extension work there is! There are multiple benefits in what he is doing – crop yields remain good, the cost to the farmer goes down (less expensive inputs), the practices are more environmentally friendly (less use of poisonous chemicals), and because of that, the chemical residues on the crops are free of poisons.


    With Gurbinder Singh Bajwaji’s help we have gotten started and are supporting him in this activity and plan to support him until we achieve a continuation of trends in this direction.
    Please donate generously as we need to support this project effectively. We are far from the fundraising goal and need your help to reach it by the end of 2022.


    Harinder Lamba
    Secretary, PAGRI

  • 06/13/2022

    Adding significant Extension Efforts to Farmers

    Dear Friends,

    We are espanding this activity considerably into the direct education of farmers through extension as follows:

    Title of Activity: Extension for Good Agricultural Practices, Environmentally Friendly Practices, Lowest Cost Cultivation and Residual Free Crops
     
    Gurbinder Singh Bajwaji will be educating and demonstrating to farmers the basics of better agricultural practices by personal onsite visits to farmers within easy travel distances to his base in Gurdaspur district – sowing, care and harvesting. Although the current planting season has passed, next year this will include the direct seeding of rice (DSR) without the water flooding technique. For the remainder of this year, it will be directed at wheat, sugar cane and other crops. He will be teaching farmers how to use biological pesticides and herbicides (made on the farm) instead of the poisonous chemicals.

    He will be teaching farmers the use of machines specially designed for small farmers. Also, how to not burn the stubble after harvest and use it for mulch. The techniques he teaches will be reduce the costs to farmers (as the use of expensive chemicals and machines will be reduced) and reduce the use of water – a major issue for Punjab. High cost of inputs for green revolution agriculture is major cause of farmer suicides. The harvested crops will be free of poisonous chemical residues, which will promote the health of consumers and improve water quality of water table. He will provide guidance to Pagri on how to organize food processing activities for the farmers he helps.

    We will be posting more on this very worthwhile activity later in the coming year.

    Harinder Lamba

    Secretary, Pagri

     

     

  • 03/20/2022

    Farmers Education in Organic Farming

    We are now working to develop a database of farmers who are willing to participate in doing organic farming. We will then use this to database to help them get educated and then planning as to what to produce. We are also developing an App to facilitate the farmers to sell the produce directly to consumers, eliminating the middle man. Also, we will be engaging in education of consumers on health and environmental benefits of organic farming, so they are willing to pay more. We will also be directly educating consumers at the open market in Faridkot.

    The success of small farmers to develop bargaining strength can only come from their joining together in an FPO (Farmer's Producer Organization).While continuing to expand these activities, the plan for 2022 is to begin a major activity in the area of food processing in the following ways: (1) Improving the functioning of some of the Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) that are not functioning well in Punjab, (2) Advocate to political leaders and bureaucrats the benefits of Farmers Producer Companies, (3) Like Maharashtra and other states that have taken the advantage of central government incentives to provide state level incentives to help start new FPOs, and (4) Encourage and organize NRIs (Non Resident Indians) to invest in FPO type organizations.
     
    Processing of perishable foods and of crops that may be in surplus and arranging for their sale in Punjab or the rest of India, or for export abroad will be a major focus in 2022.

     

Name Donation Date
D. S. $10.00 January 2023
J. K. $108.00 December 2022
Jaspreet Bhullar $50.00 December 2022
D. S. $10.00 December 2022
G. B. $45.00 November 2022
Match Fund $150.00 November 2022
Devinder Singh $10.00 November 2022
Match Fund $200.00 November 2022
Harinder Lamba $200.00 November 2022
Match Fund $100.00 November 2022
Harleen Singh $100.00 November 2022
Match Fund $250.00 November 2022
Gurinder Singh $250.00 November 2022
Match Fund $200.00 November 2022
Anonymous $200.00 November 2022
Match Fund $150.00 November 2022
Birender Singh $150.00 November 2022
Match Fund $50.00 November 2022
Harinder Lamba $50.00 November 2022
Gurmit Bhatia $22.50 October 2022
Anonymous $10.00 September 2022