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#SweetFacts

Can't do without sugar? Here is an interesting fact for you!

Close to 21 lakhs hectare of land is used to cultivate 1,333 tonnes of sugarcane in #UttarPradesh, #India, , making the state the largest producer of sugarcane in the country*.

Next time you add a spoon of sugar to your food, #ThankYouTohBol to the farmers for their efforts that make our life sweeter.

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*Source: https://goo.gl/3YisBk
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#MindfulMondays

Across the #World, #Farmers passionately cultivate #FoodGrains, #Fruits and #Vegetables that nourishes and sustains us. Nearly 1/3 of this gets wasted during #Transportation or during #Consumption. This could feed close to 1 billion people every day.

Let us show our support to farmers by thanking them and not wasting food.

Visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol to pledge your support to farmers and their noble efforts that keeps the world going.
#FAO #WORLDBANK
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“Thanks to #organic farming methods, my cultivation costs were reduced, the soil’s fertility on my farm has improved and my income has increased,” says Savitha Jiwan Yelane, a progressive farmer from Khanapur Village, India.

From being a humble farmer to a highly regarded expert in farming practices, the story of Savitha has been exemplary.

It is time we #ThankYouTohBol to farmers like Savitha for inspiring other farmers and also having faith in farming as a profession. To pledge your support, visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol

Read Savitha’s story here: swissaid.ch/en/savitas-success-story
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#DIDYOUKNOW:

According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 40% of #women in the developing economies are directly or indirectly involved in #agriculture.

Visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol to express your gratitude to women farmers.

Be a #FarmDost. Take pride in farming. Join us in cultivating the World.

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H Sadananda is a successful farmer making Rs.15 lakhs yearly through his 2.25 acres of farmland located at Doddaballapur near #Bangalore, #India. One of the key reasons for his success according to Sadananda is planning. He attributes it as being very vital to farming and follows a policy of getting revenue from his farm, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, half yearly, and yearly. Sadananda achieves this through his #integratedfarm where he cultivates #flowers, #vegetables, #fruits, and exotic #vegetables in a poly house.

Besides planning, Sadananda credits his family’s support and the guidance from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore for his success. Starting out as a fresher in farming after quitting his job in a factory, Sadananda is now an expert in integrated farm practices.

Thank you Sadananda for taking pride in farming. To thank farmers like Sadananda, visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol.
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At 55 years, S. Madhusudhanan, an IIM Bangalore alumnus quit his successful career to re-evaluate his own fast-paced lifestyle and food habits after a health scare. With no agricultural background, Madhu started humble by cultivating on a 30 ft x 40 ft plot. He spent a lot of time understanding both the challenges faced by the Indian farmer and the need for fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. By applying several management techniques to improve current agricultural practices, Madhu started back2basics farm.

Today his farm is about 200 acres near Bangalore, boasting of many local and exotic varieties of #fruits, #vegetables, and #greens, grown using modern techniques and chemical-free inputs.

Besides spending time at his farm, Madhu also works with the local Gram Panchayat and delivers sessions to farmers to enhance awareness about the ways of replenishing the soil and water resource.

Let us #ThankYouTohBol to farmers like Madhu, who are such an inspiration and influence on the community around them. Visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol to take your pledge.

Be a #FarmDost. Take pride in farming. Join us in Cultivating the World.
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From being a young single #mother to an enterprising farmer, the transformation of Chandra Subramanian is inspiring. She juggles many roles, that of a mother, a farmer, a retailer and an entrepreneur. Working about 16 hours a day, Chandra Subramanian has weathered all, with a smile.

Let us applaud her spirit and passion to take up farming and harvesting happiness and prosperity. Visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol to encourage farmers like Chandra.

Read Chandra's full story: https://goo.gl/qAqGLW

Video Courtesy: #PARINetwork


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In this world of HD experiences, take your children out to a #farm nearby for a true experience; let them connect, experience and engage with the place where their food comes from. Introduce them to the person who cultivates this food - The #Farmer.

Share with us their experience and we may feature them on our #FarmDost communication.

Visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol to pledge your support to farmers.

Be a #FarmDost. Take pride in farming. Join us in Cultivating the World.
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Caption these colorful companions and also #ThankYouTohBol to #farmers from across the #world for their sustained effort in putting food on our tables.

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When the child becomes the father’s teacher:
Hailing from a farming family near Thrissur, Kerala, young Tibin Parekal could not resist his desire to pursue farming, professionally. Tibin quit his paying network engineer job and got into #farming much to everyone’s surprise.
Having undergone a week long training on #ZeroBudgetFarming, Tibin and his friend George started cultivating #paddy on almost 404 sq. mtr. of land. The result was nothing short of magic and Tibin's father and other #farmers in the locality seeing the results, understood the importance of zero budget farming and transitioned to cultivate under this method. Tibin dreams of developing a model farming institute to train youngsters in natural farming and perpetuate the importance of farming.
Let us #ThankYouTohBol to young farmers like Tibin and George. To pledge your support to farming, visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol.
Source: Rediff.com
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Passion, determination and patience culminated into a rewarding experience for C Jayakumar, a farmer with 10 acre land holding in #Dindugal, Tamil Nadu. Engaged primarily in the cultivation of #Jamun and #Amla, Jayakumar has around 80 Jamun trees. With a view to maximize his output and avoid wastage of fruits, he constantly pruned the branches to restrict the height of the trees to 18-20 feet which otherwise would have grown to 35 feet. This helped him increase his output per tree and provided him approximately 4250 kilograms of Jamun, generating a net profit of INR 500,000.

To further his knowledge in #farming and make it more #sustainable, Jayakumar underwent training at Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology in Tanjore and set up an amla processing unit through which he manufactures amla juice, squash, and candies. This has helped Jayakumar to earn additional income all through the year and overcome the seasonality of farming.
Thank you Jayakumar for your determined efforts to reap the rewards of farming which ultimately help us all. To thank farmers like Jayakumar, visit farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol

Take pride in farming. Join us in cultivating the world!

Read more at : www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/a-short-variety-jamun-cultivation-fetches-good-rewards/article6104923.ece
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Farming is a rewarding experience; add a little planning and creativity to the mix and the rewards are manifold.

This is evident from the success of Muthu, a farmer from #Dharmapuri district in #TamilNadu who under the guidance from Madhu Balan, Assistant Director from the #Agriculture Department, learnt the importance of crop selection, planning and also marketing the produce. Putting his new learning into practise, Muthu has been cultivating #Citrus fruits, #Jasmine flowers and #GroundNuts. Last year alone, Muthu was able to draw an income of around Rs.600,000 from his 50 cents of land.According to Muthu, personal involvement is the key to be successful in farming.

Let us appreciate Muthu taking pride in farming. To encourage farmers, take the #ThankYouTohBol pledge by visiting farmdost.com/ThankYouTohBol.

Be a #FarmDost. Take pride in farming. Join us in Cultivating the World.

Source: thehindu.com/sci-tech/agriculture/plan-according-to-market-requirement-before-cultivation/article5892441.ece

Picture caption: Muthu in his citrus garden along with Mr. Madhu Balan (right), Assistant Director, Agriculture who helped him become financially successful.
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