Solidaridad, in collaboration with premier soybean research Institute - Indian Institute of Soybean Research has jointly set-up 115 technically robust front line demonstrations of soy cultivation in Agar, District of Madhya Pradesh, India. The support for demonstration allocated by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India for this prestigious programme.
The objective of Front Line Demonstrations is to promote and disseminate sustainable production technologies and practices among smallholders. These technologies and practices based on principles of “more with less”, efficient use of land and water and adaptation to climate change.
Village level trainings and Training of Trainer programmes (ToTs) for lead farmers were organised through Farmer Field Schools (FFS) on soy production management. Scientist interaction and field visits were also conducted on demo plots for trainings and close monitoring of pest attack, nutrient deficiency and disease identification etc. Scientific yield estimation method were used for estimating the yield and to assess the performance of applied technologies. These demonstrations resulted into increase soy yield by 14% increase over control plot and 33 % increase over state recorded average yield. The findings and results are to be published in national research journals.