Save Wayanad Micro Farms – Kerala, India
Wayanad is a district in the north-east of Kerala state, India with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 M. The district is only 3.79% urbanised, with three municipal towns Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. There are many indigenous tribes in this area.
According to archaeological evidence, the Wayanad forests have been inhabited for more than 3,000 years. Historians are of the view that human settlement existed in these parts for at least ten centuries before Christ. Much evidence of New Stone Age civilisation can be seen in the hills throughout the present day Wayanad district. The Edakkal Caveshave 6000 year old rock engravings from the Neolithic age.
The Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and includes part of the Western Ghats.
The recent flood and landslides in Wayanad devasted homes and farms all across the district. Wayanad is covered by forests and the remaining land is predominantly farmed by ‘micro’ farmers who own very small parcels of land. One of the cash crops in Wayanad is the Kerala Banana. August was the harvesting and replanting month in the region and the floods have destroyed the crops and washed away their saplings for next year. Many had already planted saplings which were also washed away in the flood.
A quick survey of poor farmers who are not able to re plant the saplings this year came up to 60 families who on an average plant 1000 saplings each for a total of 60,000 saplings. Limited amounts of money from the Prime Minister or Chief Minister’s Fund is expected to reach these farmers in three months but the planting season is right now or they will miss the harvest and sales cycle for next year.
It would really be great to help re-build these micro-farmers’ lives by supplying them the saplings right now. Each sapling will cost 15 Rupees delivered on site. As the planting season is almost over, our advisors and a task force of volunteers working pro-bono is on the ground helping the farmers with innovative ways of accelerating the planting and growth of the plants. The need is immediate and 100% of the funds will be used to purchase the saplings.
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