Kamalamma, Raichur, Karnataka
Kamalamma and her husband own four acres of land in the Devadurga taluk of Raichur. They grow the BPT 5204 variety of Sona Masuri paddy. An erstwhile dry-land area, Raichur is now irrigated by Krishna waters from the Basava Sagara dam. Kamalamma's husband, Shivalingappa is a member of the 700 strong farmer producer organization (FPO) in Devadurga.This FPO is one of the founders of Safe Harvest and holds a stake in the company. The FPO, apart from facilitating access to credit, gives him inputs on practices of pesticide-free agriculture. The FPO also trains member farmers in 'line plantation'
Champa, Kutch, Gujarat
Champa and her two sisters cultivate cumin in the dry-lands of Kutch, Gujarat. Kutch is famous not only for its salt flats, but also for its cumin production. Champa is part of a farmer producer organization that promotes sustainable farming. The FPO encourages farmers to cultivate cumin without using synthetic pesticides.Belonging to a scheduled caste, Champa never had access to organized markets and was exploited by usurious moneylenders. Ever since she started selling the marketable surplus to the FPO, she has seen her average remuneration increase by about 15 percent. Her pesticide free cumin procured by the FPO is now sold in organized retail in the urban markets of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai under the Safe Harvest label. A year on year increase in quantities purchased by Safe Harvest motivates the FPO to expand its operations to bring more farmers like Champa under the NPM fold.
Jijabai, Dewas, MP
Jijabai and her husband own four acres of land in the rain-fed region of Bagli, Madhya Pradesh. Bagli is in Malwa, a region famous for its Sharbati variety of wheat. Jijabai cultivates pesticide-free Sharbati wheat. She is a member of the 4000 strong Ram Rahim Pragati Producer Company Limited(RRPPCL), an FPO that promotes NPM.RRPPCL is also a founder of Safe Harvest. The civil society organization that promotes the FPO also mobilizes women farmers like Jijabai and helps them form self help groups. A new found financial independence greatly increased Jijabai's say in day to day household matters that were otherwise dominated by her husband. Apart from leading a self help group in her area, Jijabai also attends a daily night school conducted by the civil society organization to better her financial literacy. This year, Safe Harvest through RRPPCL will procure about 500 tons of wheat from smallholder women farmers like Jijabai.
Kalpana Sethi, Phulbani, Odisha
Kalpana Sethi and her two sons cultivate turmeric in their 2 acres in Phulbani, Odisha. She belongs to a tribal community and recently became part of KASAM, a smallholder producer society comprising of about 12,000 farmers, a majority of who are tribal people. KASAM educates the community on the harmful effects of using chemical pesticides. Kalpana, now aware of the negative impact of synthetic pesticides refrains from using them.KASAM also processes raw spices procured from member farmers into their finished form that Safe Harvest procures. The society pays her a premium for her pesticide free turmeric. This additional income helped her purchase a pair of goats which provide security in lean agricultural periods. Kalpana's and other farmers' turmeric produce, converted into powder by KASAM, now gets sold in organized retail markets in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru under Safe Harvest's label. KASAM also exports farmers' produce to Netherlands and Germany.