Beneficiary Farmers Hopeful For Bumper Cotton Crop
05 Aug, 2012
As part of the IKF’s Emergency Response Plan for Mirpurkhas (following 2011 floods), over 1900 farmers in the district have rec’d 10kg of Cotton, 8kg of Okra and 1kg of Chilies for cultivation.
Distribution took place during the month of April and spanned 8 Union Councils’ and 60 villages in the District. With the exception of a few members of the IKF Field Team, the entire distribution process was conducted by the Young Village Volunteers (YVVs) under supervision of the Community Elders Networks (CENs). The multiple seed inputs provided will empower these farmers to look towards not just food security but also to a financial benefit as well.
So far the feedback from farmers on the crop is positive. As one of our beneficiaries Abbas Rind put it, “The soil is quite fertile…. God willing, if there isn’t a flood this year, I expect to have a bumper crop of cotton.” Concurrently, the IKF is in the midst of implementation of its “Safe Water Better Health” program, which is bringing 1000 hand pumps to the Districts of Mirpurkhas, Badin and Sanghar.
It is hoped that this strategy of farmer rehabilitation coupled with the provision of safe drinking water for these under-served Districts will provide a greater level of comfort to those most devastated by last year’s flooding.
Seed inputs have been provided in 3 other flood devastated districts of Sindh as well; Badin, Sanghar and Tando Mohammad Khan. Separate reports will be published on the website as they become available. Stay tuned.