Sustainable Chilly Programme

IDH PRDIS-IDH Sustainable Trade, India, Sustainable Spices Initiative (Chillies) Programme is being implemented with 5000 farmers covering 5000 hectors at Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh state , with 2000 farmers covering 2000 hectors at Khammam district of Telangana state. The programme consists of capacity building on package of practices, farmer support, adoption of practices and verification by the IDH, PRDIS. The capacity building will be done to staff/ facilitators involved in the implementation of the programme and then farmers are trained using Farmer Field Schools/ demonstrations / Farmer Life Schools/focused group meetings. The core components of training includes community development, women empowerment and wel being, optimum natural resource management, proactive farming systems, supply chain linkage and value addition.

Field Days on Sustainable Chilly production in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh and Khammam District of Telangana State.

With the support of IDH-SSI, PRDIS has organized field days on sustainable chilliy crop as part of the Sustainable Spices Iniatives programme being implemented with 5000 farmers at Guntur District, 2000 farmers at Khammam district. Field days and results were witnessed by the all the stake holders i.e IDH and its private partners (Sustainable Spices Initiative members), farmers, spice board representatives, agriculture department and PRDIS partners. An exhibition was displayed on various activites of the programme which was attracted by many visitors. Farmers and other stakeholders are very much attracted with the interventions and willing to adopt next season to reduce cost of cultivation by reducing pesticide sprays, soil test based fertilizer application and then reduced harmful impact on environment and human health. View of pictures during the field day and meeting

During 2017-18 the Sustainable chilly project is continued at Khammam district with 2500 farmers in 22 habitations of two mandals namely Raghunathapalem and Thirumalaya palem mandals supported by IDH the sustainable trade and SSI-India. This year apart from producing sustainable chillies we have also targeted for production 1000 MT of EU- MRL compliance chillies.

IP &PU Team Training for Facilitators

Dried and graded chillies compliant to EU pesticide, aflatoxin and physical/ cleanliness standards, and grown by sustainable agricultural practices under the technical guidance of IDH, managed and monitored by the PRDIS in the Khammam district of Telangana State.

Around 1000 MT dried chillies of Teja variety (Heat level-headed 70 k plus) will be available for direct purchase from farmer groups with complete traceability and field records.

Interested buyers are requested to contact PRDIS office for necessary coordination’s to visit the fields and make purchase arrangements.

Soil Samples Collection

ToT Training

IP Team discuss with farmers

Discuss with farmers importance of root dipping and demo conducted at Paptapalli village

Nestle and SAN team members observed Botanical extract at GK Banjara village Raghunadhapalem mandal

IPM Auditor Dr Venu gopal visit to the project