The Forum For Integrated Development (FFID) initially opted for the farming community in Kothuru (KT) Mandal in the drought prone Mahboob Nagar District in Andhra Pradesh as the focus of intervention. During the initial years, FFID took the projects and or organized various orientation training and awareness programs on: (a) Agriculture Productivity enhancement through sustainable use of natural resources, (b) Soil & Water conservation activities, (c) Integrated Pest Management (IPM), (d) Seed Production (Castor crop), (e) Regeneration of Land and Promotion of Seed Village Concept through Participatory Integrated Resource Management – with out seeking any external financial support and only through internal contribution from members.
FAO-EU IPM Programme for Cotton in Asia
Organized 125 farmers from 5 villages of Nawabpet Mandal of Mahbnoob Nagar District of Andhra Pradesh. Initiated and conducted participatory Farmers Field Schools (FFS) on a weekly basis for the cropping season.
Implementation supported by: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO of UN) and European Union.
Social Engineering Activities
Initiated in 64 villages from the three rainfed districts of Adilabad, Medak and Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh and while covering 19,449 smallholder farmers and 46,754 acres and as part of 48 lift irrigation schemes of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Implemented the ‘Save Grain’ campaigns in collaboration with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Dept. of Food & Public Distribution of the Govt. of India for creating awareness among the women self help groups in Kothur Mandal, Mahaboob Nagar district of Andhra Pradesh.
Executed a project on Natural Resource Management (NRM) in collaboration with CAPART involving 49 women SHG with 692 member farmers in the drought prone Mahaboob Nagar district of Andhra Pradesh.
Project Title : “ Adaption of Mesta Innovative Post Harvest Processing Technology of retting supported by National Agricultural Bank for Rural Development (NABARD) Regional Office, Hyderabad
The project on Innovative Process of Mesta retting is being implemented in Vangara, Santhakavati, Veeraghattam, R.Amadalavalasa, Palkonda and Burja Mandals of Srikakulam District w.e.f 1-04-2012 with the technical support of Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibers (CRIJAF), ICAR, Kolkata and Agricultural Research Station (ARS), ANGRAU Amadalavalasa.
This project involves adaption of improved Mesta Post Harvest Process technologies developed by CRIJAF of ICAR, Barrockpore, and Kolkata. These eco-friendly as well as user friendly retting process requires very less amount of water and lesser time than conventional retting method. In situ retting of Mesta in micro pond with microbial consortium is completed in 12 to 15 days compared to 21-25 days under conventional retting method. The quality of fibre improves at least by 2 to 3 grads. The pond embankment can be utilized for growing high value vegetable crops.
Mechano-microbial retting method requires less volume of water (1:5) compared to 1:20 under conventional retting method. Retting process of green ribbons extracted through power operated bast fibre extractor or manually operated fibre extractor is compared within 7 days in comparison to 21 to 25 days required under conventional whole plant retting. Fibre quality also improves by 2 grads.