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Integrated Farming Project, Punjab, India
Initial Funding needed:
US$ 1 to 1.5 m (or INR equivalent)
Returnable 2X in 18 months

 
 
Integrated Farming Project
 
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The first project is being located in a cotton-growing district in Punjab, with the objective of developing alternate sources of income, employment generation, and skill development. It will primarily be a women-oriented project. There are 5,500 widows of farmers in this area who require a means of sustenance.
     The intent is to produce chemical- and pesticide-free produce in an area which has Arsenic in sub-soil water.
     The business model is based on value-addition of whatever is produced by the IFP, and partnering with farmers, with delivery to owned and selected retail outlets, thereby overcoming a major marketing challenge.
 
Highlights of Controlled Environment Soilless Farming
Growing is not dependent on climatic factors.
Faster growing times, therefore multiple harvests in a year.
Minimal usage of water. Can be located in a desert area.

An Integrated Farming Project would essentially comprise:
Power from: Solar, Wind, Waste (zero pollution, zero waste)
Floriculture >>> Essential Oils >>> Perfumes
Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits >>> Food Processing
Solar powered cold storage
Rainwater Harvesting >>> Fish Farming
Cotton >>> Ginning, Spinning, Weaving >>> Textiles
           >>> Seed  >>> Oil Extraction  >>> Oil, Seed Cake 
Generated biomass to >>> Gas  >>> Electricity

Requests have also been received to set up similar farms in Dominica and in the Volta region of Ghana, by women's SHG's.

Skill Centre
The Farming Project will be supporting this community project. The group of young people we are looking at to be trained at the Skill Centre, are those who would not be able to continue with further studies at the college and university level, mainly because of the economic conditions of their households, but still possess a degree of latent talent. The idea is to provide these youngsters with the skills, tools and financial support, to enable them to either take up jobs in the areas of their choice, or to launch independent careers.
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Note for Potential Funder's on Initial Funding
An initial funding for this project is invited from philanthropists, foundations, trusts, funders, and facilitators, which is targeted towards the benefit of farming communities. The entity assisting in raising the project funds, (around US$ 14 million), will use a bank managed procedure to return 2X the funding amount in 18 months.



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