Food Processing

Pipal tree provides training to rural women in food processing. Post training women are provided initial machinery & raw material to setup small profitable enterprises in the related filed.

Large number of farmers suicides are happening in India for last few years. The most important reason for the same is low income from agriculture. The agriculture income has increased only from Rs 27,000 pa in 2002-03 to Rs 38,000 pa in 2012-13 and expected to be around Rs. 50,000 pa in 2022-23. The problem becomes more severe as India's Rural population is more than double that of Urban population. Also 1 out of every 3 Households in India are dependent only on Agriculture Income.

This lower agriculture income is causing serious distress in Rural India. It is also widening gaps between haves and have-nots causing clashes between rural and urban population over land, water and other issues. Also most of the tax-payers money is being spent in subsiding farmers by way of cash transfer, loan waiver, MGNAREGA scheme and other subsidies.

It is common knowledge that for years India farmer household do not depend solely on the cultivation of crops because they also earn income from farming animals, undertaking businesses in the non-farm sector and/or even from working as wage/salary earners within or outside agriculture.

One solution to address this problems is to assist farmer households to increase their income by way of increasing their participation in Agri-allied activities as well as to help some family members (specially from bigger and very poor families) to earn salary income by providing them jobs in non-farm sector.

Various Government and Non Government Organizations have been trying to address this issues. However the need of the day is to develop Self Sustainable Models which should not rely completely on the donations or grants.

The project aim is to help rural women in villages to generate additional income by way of Agriculture allied activities. Keeping this objective in mind various initiatives are identifies which meet the following objectives -

  1. Should help generate additional income of at least INR 60,000 each year for the beneficiary,
  2. Should have low gestation time i.e. should be able to give additional income within 6 months for start of the project,
  3. Should be simple, suitable to the territory and implementable with available resources in the area.

Keeping that in mind following initiatives are identified:
Food Processing and Marketing:
In this initiative first and foremost important criteria is the availability of raw material in the area and availability of market to sell the final produce at reasonable margin. One example of such initiative we are doing in Telangana is Neem and Karanja seeds processing. Due to large availability of Neem and Karanja in the area, it was decided to work an initiative to procure local available raw material, process it to make marketable products and create market linkages to sell them in the market. Women in local area are trained in making oil and cake from the Neem seeds. Then they are provided with the initial machinery and raw material. Pipal Tree takes care of market linkages of the final produce and ensures that women earn at least INR 5000 to 6000 per month for this activity after provisioning for the raw material and other cost. Eventually the model could be made sustainable by way of commission from market linkages of the final produce.