To improve rural livelihood, SeSTA works on the three pillars of livelihood triangle- People, Resource and Activity:
Pillars of livelihood triangle
- People: Building capabilities through training and handholding.
- Resource: Integrated Natural Resource Management by improving soil health, water management and conservation.
- Activity: Providing scientific understanding of an activity and economical sustainability
SeSTA, since its inception in 2011 is working on promoting agriculture with small and marginal farming communities of Chirang and Bongaigaon district. Over time it has demonstrated yield enhancement in crops like paddy, maize and vegetables with significant learning from SRI based agriculture promotion and is now exploring opportunities to build on the learning gained to replicate a self-sustaining agriculture model with small and marginal farmers of the Lower Assam region.
Currently, SeSTA is concentrating on:
- Creating irrigation support to farmers is very important which will increase cropping intensity of the farmer. One shallow tube well with an electric pump can provide irrigation in more than 1.5 Acres of land.
- Diversify cropping pattern with these enhanced irrigation potential, bringing the best possible crop combination is important. Crop diversification can give farmer high incomes. Addition of horticulture crops like areca-nut, betel-vine, spices and maize can provide great returns. Farmer can grow paddy-pulse-oilseed in Kharif season and Rabi crops like maize and vegetable. The wadi will be covered with long duration crops like- Banana, citrus fruits along with intercrops of betel, ginger, turmeric and other spices.
- Farmer collective through self-help groups: Self-help group can act as platform for farmers to share knowledge, activity planning and marketing. SHG can act as a medium for farmers to communicate with mainstreams for mobilizing finances, government schemes also for marketing of their produces.