Most of our farmers are from remote areas of India. Before working with Organic Belseri, they didn’t have market access for cash crops and were producing grains only for their own consumption. Some farmers had access to vast stretches of community land, but lacked the means to till them. This resulted in poor yields and a loss of production opportunity. We provided them a market for various cash crops and also supplied seeds and knowledge to improve their crops. This gave the farmers an opportunity to start farming commercially and earn an income for their livelihood.
Apart from stable market access, our farmers benefit from the drastic reduction in farming costs. Most of our manpower consists of project staff who are dedicated to working closely with farmers, engaging and training them in organic & natural farming techniques. We promote the use of organic & natural alternatives to harmful pesticides and fertilizers. These organic& natural inputs can be prepared using resources on the farm which are freely available, and therefore eliminate the use of expensive chemical products. The costs are further reduced as we pick up the material from farm-gates and save the farmer transportation costs. Organic Belseri also works directly with farmers, without the involvement of brokers who charge commission. Overall, these measures reduce the costs of the farmers by up to 35%.
The removal of chemical fertilizers also prevent the degradation of the soil. Removal of pesticides reduce the crop’s dependency on external artificial means, while organic supplements are used to boost crop immunity and make them more resistant to pest attacks and weather changes. We also promote the use of beneficial insects and organisms. Overall, these efforts nurture the farm’s ecosystem and improve the yields and crop quality over time. We also pay a premium to farmers for their produce, which contributes to a growth of 10-15% in the farmer’s income.
In Indian society, the caste system, or the class into which a person is born, is often a determining factor in that person’s access to education, decent living conditions, financial stability and overall quality of life.Organic Belseri seeks to break down these social barriers and offer farmers, who often fall at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder, an opportunity to advance to higher income and education levels. We help these farmers with the know-hows and farm inputs with an extended credit period.
When a product carries the FAIRTRADE mark, it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade standards. The Fairtrade standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade. To achieve their objectives, Fairtrade requires.
Fairtrade Standards of Practices to be followed to ensure that farmers and workers are given fair treatment such as acceptable working conditions.
Fairtrade Minimum Prices (determined by the Fairtrade standards and pricing unit) to ensure that producers can cover their average costs of sustainable production. It acts as a safety net for farmers during times when world markets fall below a sustainable level.
Fairtrade Premium – an additional sum of money that farmers receive for products sold on Fairtrade terms. This is in addition to the organic premium that we pay to the farmers. This money goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers for use in improving their social, economic and environmental conditions
So far, approximately USD 1.5 million has been allotted for use in community development projects. These include a few of the projects mentioned below: