Mini Integrated Farming for Punjab

A project of PAGRI
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Please Support Our New Mini Integrated Farming Project in Faridkot, Punjab


Punjab Agricultural Rejuvenation Initiative (PAGRI) has helping small and landless farmers with very low incomes in Faridkot, Punjab. We are distributing desi chickens to these farmers to raise, testing soil to advise farmers on the specific fertilizers to use, and providing training to farmers on organic kitchen gardens to grow healthy food for their own families - all saving costs.

  • We have two very dynamic sevadars, Manjit Singh and Jaspal Singh, who have been distributing 1,000 desi chickens (Rhode Island Red variety) to the farmers to raise for eggs, as well as providing training.
  • We are helping more than 300 farmers with organic kitchen gardens by giving them free seed kits and instructions. These farmers and their families can now eat clean, healthy food.
  • We are also providing them training on planting fruit trees and vermicomposting.

These projects are financially helping a lot of landless and small farmers and with support from donors, we will be growing these projects.

The Problems
Small and landless farmers have been suffering with very low incomes. At the same time, they are caught in the wheat-rice trap with conventional “green revolution” agriculture. Also, because of the big use of chemical fungicides, pesticides and herbicides the food they eat is often not healthy.
So, What is PAGRI Doing?
PAGRI has taken up the challenge of increasing the income of these farmers by various mini-projects that help both landless and small land holding farmers. The second part is to reduce the costs of their conventional agriculture methods by use of less chemicals, which are expensive. The third part is to transition them to more organic and integrated farming. The fourth part is to increase their income by better marketing of their fresh produce, as well as their processed food.
Our Approach
We are excited to inform you that in Faridkot, Punjab we have added this project to mainly help landless farmers and laborers increase their incomes. We have started by procuring 1,000 baby desi chickens of the RIR (Rhode Island Red) variety from the Punjab Agricultural University and these have been distributed to farmers based on the condition and capacity of their "Khuddas" or small enclosures to look after the baby chickens. These were distributed to various farmers in July and by November 2023, the farmers will start having an income as these chickens will start laying desi chicken eggs, which are in higher demand.
Then this new project has initiated a very extensive program of soil testing, the results of which will be used to advise farmers, so they only apply the fertilizer they actually need - hence saving them money. These soil testing results have already been used to do this.
Next, the farmers are being helped with organic kitchen gardens to make sure that they grow good, healthy and clean food for their own families - this will also save them money. Seed packages for these vegetables have been distributed for free to these farmers, along with training on how to grow these crops organically.
More Specifics
This project is being headed up by an expert farmer named Manjit Singh with a very able assistant named Jaspal Singh. They hold regular early morning farmers meetings and have expanded their activities to several villages.
Manjit has cooperated with Jaspal Singh in registering farmers, holding farmers meetings, creating posters and flyers as needed, and producing T-shirts and jackets with Pagri logo. He has also cooperated with Jaspal in providing relief activities to farmers such as flood relief, fodder and medical camps, after the catastrophic floods that hit Punjab in July-August 2023. Help expanding their dairy farming and then starting a new activity with goats are also being considered. The two of them will continue to implement the approach as described above and expand it as needed.

  • 04/01/2024

    Good progress with increase in Farmer Incomes

    Pagri activities in Faridkot have helped small and landless farmers in signifciant numbers. This has been as follows:

    1. A thousand chicks of the desi RIR (Rhode Island Red) variety were distributed last June 2023 to about 40 farmers. They have benefitted by the sale of some grown chickens (mainly roosters), sale of eggs (that sell for a premium) and an ability to geta hen to sit on hatch on eggs so they do not need to buy baby chicks any more. This project will be expanded.

    2. About 400 farmers got seed kits for growing organic kitchen gardens and got training. These gardens have enabled amny of them to grow good clean food for theri families, save money as they did not need to buy this produce, plus got some exposure to organic farming. This program will be expanded too.

    Pagri will look for such similar activities in 2024 to grow these efforts.

  • 01/14/2024

    Small and Landless Farmers Benefit a lot

    This project has benefitted about 40 farmers by getting them into raising desi cheickens for eggs. They have started now selling theses Desi chiicken eggs of the RIR (Rhode Island Red) variety. The great thing is that they will be able to produce their won chicks in futiure by getting hens to hatch fertilized aggs.

    About more than 400 farmers were helped with seed kits and trianing for organic kitchen gardens, which these farmers have started growing so that they can feed theri own families with organic fresh food! 

    This project will be looking for similar actions in 2024 to help small farmers,

  • 11/08/2023

    We have benefitted many small farmers !

    We have two very dynamic Sevadars in Manjit Singh and Jaspal Singh, who have distributed 1,000 Desi (RIR  or Rhode Island Red variety) chickens for laying eggs and arranged training.
    Have helped more than 300 farmers with organic kitchen gardens by giving them free seed kits and instructions.  They can now eat clean healthy food.
    Horticulture or fruit trees are next. This activity has financially helped a lot of landless and small farmers and will be growing in an exciting way!
    Pagri’s activities and name is spreading in many villages in the district of Faridkot.

  • 11/08/2023

    We need your Support - Donations used effectively

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    PAGRI Needs Your Support
    (Please donate on Dasvandh Nov. 9 to Nov. 19, 2023)

    Dear Pagri supporters and well-wishers,
     Dasvandh is matching all donations dollar for dollar up to a limit of $ 400 per donation from November 9 to Nov 19, 2023.
    To donate to the Pagri organization please click on the Donate button.   Thanks!
    We have used your donations very judiciously, keeping the overhead to the bare minimum.
    All office bearers are doing voluntary service and thus overheads are almost zero. With the grace of God, Pagri has an exceptional talent pool and thus we are able to keep overhead to the minimum.

    But this is only the beginning.  The needs of Punjab's agriculture are immense, both qualitatively and quantitatively.  So, please continue to support us! Thanks to your support.
    Pagri has grown and is adding activities and directly reaching out to farmers to help them. 


Name Donation Date
Baljit Singh $11.00 March 2024
Jasjeet Thind $201.00 December 2023
Administrator Dasvandh Network $500.00 December 2023
I. S. $400.00 November 2023
Match Fund $100.00 November 2023
Sarwan Singh Raju $100.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Narinderpal Singh Sood $400.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Inder Mohini $400.00 November 2023
Match Fund $400.00 November 2023
Lal Singh $400.00 November 2023
J. K. $10.00 October 2023