Sustainable Agriculture

AGNeed

Because of convenience and availability, pesticides are common among farming practices. Although there are many concerns with using pesticides, the most alarming concern is the runoff into the wells. There is a significant correlation between water related illnesses and the pesticides that are used on the crops.

Action

Water testing has been conducted in all of the wells. We are implementing educational workshops that teach community members about harmful pesticides and organic farming techniques. Profugo is also using rainwater harvesting tanks to reduce the use of clean drinking water for agriculture.

Impact

At Profugo’s Center of Development, Field Staff have implemented composting methods and other organic farming techniques that are free of harmful pesticides.

Vision

First and foremost, we hope that the village Prashanthagiri is free of harmful chemicals and pesticides that put community members at risk and do this in a way that doesn’t put Prashanathagiri’s subsistence farmers out of work.

Gigly-AgA Word from the Field…

“I make a point to take my two children out to see how we plant our vegetables and fruits. They are two curious little boys and I make sure to inspire a sense of interest in farming. I tell them that food cannot be created artificially and to always remember that someone, somewhere in this world, worked hard for us to have these vegetables and fruits. And without such food, our life would not be possible. A farming project will allow our community members to benefit by learning about innovative farming techniques and crops that will allow them to work their land, to generate income from it, and to become more economically independent.” -Gilgy, Profugo COD Field Worker

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