Mass multiplication of beneficial microbes to agriculture as ecoenterprises

Biological inputs play a major role in practicing sustainable agriculture on field. In spite of several products, use of microbial and insect species in pest management and soil fertility processes assumes greater importance in reducing the use of chemical inputs. Timely availability with good quality of such products is a challenge for the small holding farmers. MSSRF pioneered in appropriating the production technology to the local context and reduced the scale and demonstrated its production as an ecoenterprise managed by women farmers in rural areas with necessary backward and forward linkages.

MSSRF trained women members in the production and formulation of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers and transformed them as skilled workers. The running units are now producing Azosprillum, Phosphobacteria, Pseudomonas, Trichoderma, Paciliomycis, AMF, Bacillus spp etc. It created an impact on entrepreneurship, employment and income among farm women besides its advantage in reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to an extent of 40-65%. Presently 4000 small holders have consistently adopted the technology and have turned into innovators in appropriating the concept according to their farm conditions.
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