Looking at the quality seed problems at farmers level, Peoples Forum initiated seed village programme with assistance from NABARD. The programme aims decentralized certified seed production through farmers organization at village level where the seeds produced could be utilised by themselves or commercially marketed for income generation. This involves complete technical process of training, land selection, farmers registration, field visit, monitoring and certification. The organization implemented both rabi and kharif programmes in Dhenkanal and Sonepur. Paddy seed production was undertaken in Dhenkanal where as green gram seed production was undertaken in Sonepur. The seed village programme undertakes series of activities at farm level as follows.
Pre season training – The training programme usually involves NABARD officials, local agriculture officer and KVK scientist. All the beneficiary farmers participate in the programme.
Demonstration cum training at the time of planting and sowing
Monitoring and supervision by project monitoring committee.
Technical monitoring through field visits
Harvesting and processing
Packaging and marketing
The programme takes a systematic process that involves initial induction programme. The induction programme involves officials of NABARD and agriculture department. These farmers are provided seeds and they are encouraged to develop a common nursery so that all seedlings develop in the same situation and care can be taken accordingly. Thereafter transplantation is done. They are also made aware of rain water harvesting and some other economical methods of irrigation like drip irrigation. The farmers are provided support at each stage and close contact is kept with them to provide any technical and such other support that they may need during this period. Besides the regular training, the farmers are also provided some amount to take care of their fertilizers need. In unseen situation if the crop is affected with pests, the implementing organization can intimate the same to NABARD officials and looking into the seriousness of the situation, NABARD is also flexible to support pesticides and such other to help the farmers who are in a situation of distress owing to pest attack.
After production, the implementing organization collects a particular amount of seeds from the farmers and a grain bank is created. This bank then goes on to support other farmers of the area. This way the problem of procurement of quality seed is addressed which is a great help to the farmers. In this period a total of 23 numbers of small farmers were supported under the initiative.