Allah Ditta, 35 years lives in a small village, Chabotra Adha, a 20 km far from small town Salarwahin of district Muzaffargarh. He has 7 children including 4 sons and 3 daughter. He is FFS member since June 2018.
He recalls his experience, “before participation in FFS sessions, we made continuous flooding to rice crop due to unawareness of alternate wet and dry method (AWD)”.
“During this training, I learned about innovative way of growing different crops including rice in nearby cultivable land. I also came to know that pesticides; which are normally used in food crops have toxic effects on human health. Knowledge about different methods of growing rice including Alternate Wet & Dry method was a fruitful learning of FFS sessions. I also learnt about how to control harmful insect’s through integrated manners”.
During regular weekly FFS sessions, farmers made a criteria for selection of beneficiary for establishing FFS site. He was selected as host farmer for the job. He established the site and applied AWD practice of irrigation by using AWD water tube throughout the season and maintain the record by calculating its data. He saved 3 irrigations as compared to continuous flooding method. The members of the FFS also found that there was less attack of pest in this field as pests were controlled through integrated method using IPM techniques of pest management. This method has proved not only helpful for reducing emission of methane gas as compare to continuous flooding method but also benefitted economically by reducing the cost of irrigation water.
Allah Ditta says, “I wish to educate and mobilize my relatives and neighbours to join hands with my FFS group to learn innovative practices of agriculture production on different major crops. I want to see my village chemical free and healthy food at its own home and land which could lead to a sustainable prosperity.”
He further continued, “I have participated in many trainings but found this one different which address our basic needs and guided us to achieve them by our own sources. The practical and participatory nature of training develop our interest in post training activities as the actual principle of learning by doing was applied during the whole training. It was really a life changing project which seems small in its volume but huge in its objective and goals. “