The Ses­sions

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In the first ses­sion, the ob­jec­tive was to ed­u­cate farm­ers by con­nect­ing with them, un­der­stand­ing their real-life prob­lems in farm­ing, ask­ing them var­i­ous ques­tions (sources of get­ting pes­ti­cides, quan­tity of pes­ti­cides used, etc.).

In the sec­ond ses­sion, the VOICE team ex­plained about: a) Ef­fects of pes­ti­cides on health and pro­duce, and the long-term de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of farm lands/canals/bore wells. b) Or­ganic farm­ing as a prac­ti­cal long-term

al­ter­nate to chem­i­cal-in­ten­sive farm­ing c) Ben­e­fits of or­ganic farm­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment They also went into the de­tails of how long-term use of or­ganic farm­ing could ben­e­fit farm­ers by in­creas­ing their in­come, and how farm­ers could sell their prod­ucts and also buy or­ganic seeds.

The third ses­sion was in­ter­ac­tive and all about ques­tions and an­swers. For sure, there was suf­fi­cient scep­ti­cism to han­dle and ad­dress. By giv­ing prac­ti­cal ex­am­ples from dif­fer­ent re­gions of In­dia where pes­ti­cides af­fected the most and farm­ers suf­fered due to health haz­ards, the VOICE team tried to drive home the facts about var­i­ous ill ef­fects of pes­ti­cides.

VOICE in as­so­ci­a­tion with NGO Nav­danya dis­trib­uted or­ganic seeds to at least one mem­ber of each fam­ily. Farm­ers were as­sured of fu­ture guid­ance from the tele­phonic as­sis­tance cell es­tab­lished in the head of­fice of VOICE – support will be pro­vided both dur­ing the project and post the project.

While at it, the VOICE team also did their bit to prop­a­gate Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan (Clean In­dia Cam­paign), ed­u­cat­ing farm­ers and their fam­i­lies about the im­por­tance of clean­li­ness. The VOICE team in­formed them about dif­fer­ent ways to keep their sur­round­ings clean so as to pre­vent ill­ness and health haz­ards, es­pe­cially for chil­dren.

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