The Trust is mainly working in Maharashtra, MP and Chhattisgarh. During March 2010, the promoter of eKutir from Daspalla in Nayagarh district, a friend of the Trust promoters wanted the Trust to help them in exploring the possibility of Soya cultivation in hilly, Daspalla region as the farmers were not cultivating anything during July-Sept months in the up lands. Our Secretary, Shri. HMB Murthy and our agriculture expert and consultant Shri. Sunil Konde, visited Odisha and interacted with the farmers at Daspalla region. They also visited the fields of the farmers. It was found that the land and the rainfall pattern are suitable for Soya cultivation.
Immediately after the visit, it was decided to take up 10 acres of Soya cultivation, with the Trustís own funding. The Trust invited 10 farmers and eKutir supervisors to Nagpur during July 2010, for an exposure of Soya cultivation. Farmers visited various farms, interacted with farmers of Nagpur region. The Trust provided a day class room training to the farmers at Nagpur. All inputs were supplied from Nagpur to Daspalla and 10 farmers have successfully cultivated Soya with our guidance. The yield obtained by the farmers is highly encouraging.
Looking into the success of soya introduction, NCT approached NABARDís Odisha regional Office for supporting the initiative for the 2nd year. NABARD sanctioned rs. 7.22 Lakhs for supporting 100 acres of soya cultivation in Daspalla block of Nayagarh district of Odisha. NCT placed an experienced supervisor for 4 months at Daspalla, trained 112 farmers of 12 villages. All inputs have been transported from Nagpur for 100 acres of soya cultivation. 112 Farmers have cultivated soya. NCTís Secretary and Mr. Sunil Konde visited the area 3 times during the cropping season.
In spite of erratic rain during the season, the yield obtained by the farmers was highly encouraging. The maximum yield per acre was 14 quintals by 4 farmers. They were facilitated by the trust. The soya produce was collected and sold at Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh. All farmers received cash immediately after the sale at Daspalla. During the cropping season PIMC meeting, bankers were taken on an exposure and they were impressed about the introduction of new crop and its yield. They have agreed to lend to the farmers during the next cropping season.