Commodity Interest Group (CIG)
Ahmednagar district comprises fourteen tehsils having more than 1500 villages. Each tehsil is typically known for particular agriculture commodity. The crops like soybean, cotton, redgram, maize, bajra are mainly grown in Kharif and wheat, jowar, bengalgram, groundnut cultivated in rabbi season. Sugarcane is major dominant cash crop grown in all tehsils.
The vegetables like onion, brinjal, tomato, cabbage, cauli flower, cucurbits, potato are produced in the district. Fruits like pomegranate, mango, guava, grapes, sapota, lime, aonla are having considerable area. The flowers like marigold, chrysanthemum, rose are also cultivated in some parts of the tehsils like Parner, Rahata, Sangamner, Akole respectively.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra has laid major focus in improving productivity of these commodities since inception through training, demonstrations and on-farm-trials. The knowledge and skills imparted among the producers.
To organize producers from each commodity, KVK has utilized group organization concept. For this purpose, total twenty commodities were identified for formation of commodity wise groups. Each commodity group contains 15-20 growers. The activities are based on production, credit mobilization and marketing. Collective actions are mainly followed for cultivation, purchase of inputs, information and market network.
Total 182 such groups developed by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra and networked to KVK programmes
For example Potato Growers Group
The villages Hasnapur – Hanmantgaon comes under Rahata tehsil. The soils of these villages is medium having canal-well as major source of irrigation. Farmers from these villages 20-25 in number came together and formed group for potato production.
Initially other farmers were not interested to grow potato either intercrop in sugarcane or cultivate as sole crop. However, these farmers are able to convince the neighboring farmers in the village as well as adjoining villages.
Last year total 100 farmers have planted potato on 250 acres. The promising variety Kufri-Jyoti was selected. It was planted as intercrop in sugarcane. Adopted collective action to promote this activity and carry out different operations. KVK has supported these farmers by promoting various services like soil, water testing, biopesticides, biofertilizer, mobile SMS etc.