“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”
– Mahatma Gandhi (1869 to 1948)
1. To translate Gandhiji’s ideology pertaining to economic & social development based on village as a self–sufficient unit by taking necessary steps for implementing his thought, ideas & plans for advancement of rural India & treat this aspect as one of the principle missions of the Foundation.
2. To undertake programs & projects in areas including agriculture, rain–water harvesting, watershed planning, research, crafts, technology, commerce printing, publishing & micro–credit banking dispersed throughout rural India.
3. To improve the quality of life of the rural people by alleviating poverty through the instrument of self–employment & wage employment programmes, by providing community infrastructure facilities such as drinking water, electricity, road connectivity, health facilities, rural housing & education and promoting decentralization of powers to strengthen the Panchayat Raj Institution.
4. To execute project for preservation of available literature, documents, books, volumes, films & documentaries, and micro–films, to make Gandhi literature available to research students/scholars, for applying Gandhiji’s philosophy in regard to integrate rural development & run/assist academic institution of education & offer fellowships, certificates etc.
Gandhian concept of rural development is that progress of the country lies in the development of majority of its rural villages. The only way of bringing hope of good living to the rural people is by making the village the central place in the economic programme and by making them self sufficient. For marching ahead on rural development path GRF have a robust team of Techno–Commercial–Social–Spiritual–Gandhian professionals as well as a dedicated team of agricultural, horticultural scientist & professionals having a vast practical experience in the field of agriculture & rural development.
Activities of Agriculture & Rural Development
Rural Development Initiative: (Gramshilpi’s) Village Facilitator Program
Gramshilpi Phase I
Forty young men from five selected villages (namely Wakod, Jambhol, Mohadi, Takarkheda, and Shirsoli) were identified as prospective “Gramshilpis″ or village facilitators. From 10th to 16th January 2009 a training programme on development issues was organized for them at Wakod. The topics discussed included environmental conservation, water harvesting, empowerment of self–help groups and information was provided on various Government programs. The young villagers were sensitized about important issues like communal harmony, the duties of citizens, the need for people’s participation etc.
Gramshilpi Phase II
Twenty young people from the initial team of forty, who were provided training at Wakod, were selected for this training, which was organized on 10th and 11th February 2010 at Jain Hills, Jalgaon. The topics included information on types of soils, sub–soils, the quality of water and requirement of water for each crop, the need for arranging gully–plugs in the water canals of the villages, the importance and process of vermi–composting for soil enrichment, nursery preparation for plants, various aspects of village development and conflict resolution.
GRF conducts regular field visit for large and small farmers. It is ensured that each and every worker is aware of the technicalities as well as with good agricultural practices.
Environmental Conservation Activities
GRF has undertaken tree plantation in order to protect the environment. Fifty trees were planted at Shirsoli (PB) in 2010. Considering the importance of water conservation and management, Gandhi Research Foundation with the help of farmers has developed check dams in the villages Takarkheda and Kadholi of Jalgaon District of Maharashtra State, India. As a result free flowing water has percolated into the ground, thereby increasing the ground water level in the nearby wells as well as tube wells.
A check dam constructed with the help of villagers
Biodiversity Conservation Activities
GRF is situated at Jain Hill area of Jalgaon District of Maharashtra State, India. Much work has been done in Jain Hills for soil and water conservation, resulting in increased green cover. Eighty per cent of area is under some kind of plantation which includes horticulture, agriculture, agro–forestry & forestry plantation.
Various works undertaken in biodiversity conservation is , Seed bank, Apiculture for biodiversity (beekeeping), Bird Conservation Programme and Native Botanical Garden. Under this project listing of various species is carried out throughout our farm areas mainly Jain Agri Park area which is known as “Jain Hills″. Total 150 species of Flora & 131 fauna is listed. In this project listing is of native and other species and it includes forest areas and natural conservation areas which are adjacent to our farm areas.
Afforestation and Biodiversity
Ladybird Beetle(Coleoptera coccinellidae)on flower & Langur(Presbytis entellus) are in abundance at Jain Hills,India
– Total number of trees planted: 1,16, 221.
– Quantum of plant and animal species protected: 150 species of flora and 131 fauna
– Biodiversity Indexing
– Nutrient mapping
– Each year 25,000 planting work is done and 10–12 % is survival rate, we are trying to improve
– the survival rate.
– Plants are irrigated with drip irrigation, on slope they are allowed to grow naturally.