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  project name ~ 2009-Nammalvar-Saathiship

category ~ Saathi




  Project Name





Bharati Trust









Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


Rs 253000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Nikhil Gulati












Eighty percent of Indian farmers are resource poor, owning land holdings of less than one hectare. Most of them are less educated. They need demonstration and practical training in natural and material resource management.
Nammalvar ji has been working on this for more than 30 years. In order to fulfil this objective, he has already set up more than sixty training centers around South India. He travels extensively giving advice in organic farming and Low External Input and Sustainable agriculture. He has published his knowledge already in pamphlets and books which he distributes to farmers free of charge, and he needs to continue that. According to him, organic seeds and cattle breeds are to be collected and conserved. A number of farms are maintained by NGOs and farmers. They need to be upgraded and more and more youth are to be trained. This Saathiship will enable him to continue his work which he has been pursuing without any external source of income.





- Already 60+ model farms set up in Tamil Nadu. Fifty of them functioning as Training centers. - Several farmer, NGO networks (Tamil Nadu Organic Farmers Network, Tamil Nadu LEISA Network etc) have been set up - Performed several Padyatras over the last decade for awareness and campaigning - Honorary Doctorate from Gandhigram University, TN - Led special task force for De-salination of Tsunami affected land - One of 5 people who successfully fought the Neem Patent case





Transformation of Agriculture into a system of community based self reliant and ecologically sound and sustainable, poison-free food production



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