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Farming Project, Punjab, India
|Goal of the initiative: Assisting
10,000 women farmers to earn a million rupees per annum. The goal is
sought to be achieved by setting up stand-alone soilless facilities, or
in combination for small plot sizes, with solar and wind power, and
rainwater harvesting for women farmers who will be part of the
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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.
Intent is to produce chemical- and pesticide-free produce in an area which has Arsenic in its 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 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 >>>
Pharmaceticals >>> Cosmetics
● 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 the Caribbean and Africa, by women SHG's.
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 of USD 160,000 (INR 1.3 cr) 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 10 months.|
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