TEFF to promote rural sustainability through mobile knowledge center

Sustainable agriculture

The Eco Factory Foundation (TEFF), a non-governmental organization based in Pune, has established a one-of-a-kind mobile knowledge center called Shashwat Bharat Krush Rath (SBKR) to educate rural people, especially those involved in agriculture , on the importance of sustainable agriculture.

“The mobile center will serve as a center of excellence for rural livelihoods and waste management.” It will foster a grower-based ecosystem and demonstrate several sustainable global agricultural systems,” said Anand Chordia, the founder of TEFF.

This mobile center is the first of its kind and is aimed at farmers, agricultural households, agri/green entrepreneurs, self-help groups, students and professors, as well as those interested in sustainability. .

“TEFF is working on a long-term solution.” We are developing a sustainable agriculture and rural entrepreneurship program based on agriculture-related businesses. There are eight distinct natural and organic farming methods. “These farming practices will be featured in the SBKR,” said Chordia, who is also director of species company Pravin Masalewale and Suhana Masale.

“We will teach farmers about adding value.” We have already trained 20,000 farmers and the mobile center is touring Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. We plan to launch SBKR in six to eight other states including Karnataka, Telangana and Gujarat to educate farmers on the importance of sustainability,” he said.

Sustainability is a way of thinking about the future that balances environmental, societal and economic concerns in the pursuit of a better quality of life. TEFF’s goal was to make a difference in the lives of people across the country by improving their quality of life through sustainability.

Another innovative initiative is TEFF’s distribution of mango seeds that are discarded as waste by pickle makers. “In Dharwad, Karnataka, we have entered into agreements with a pickle manufacturer to supply farmers with raw mango seeds.” Growers have successfully sown these seeds, and it is catching up,” he said.

TEFF has also started a project to create briquettes from waste that can be used as fuel. TEFF is now focusing on urban areas to work on sustainability. “For the country, we want to build a smart and sustainable manufacturing system.” We study green energy, waste management and waste collection. “It is simple to achieve 100% waste management”, said the founder of the NGO.

The organization is currently working on an urban garden and agriculture initiative in which an efficient food forest can be grown on the balcony of a home. “This will contribute significantly to reducing carbon emissions,” he said.

TEFF will soon publish the first green directory, which will include around 200 waste management experts and scientists. They will all be mapped in a one-of-a-kind app that will be made available for free, Chordia said.

The Indo-American Chamber has joined as a sustainability knowledge partner, and TEFF works with voluntary organizations to plant native tree breeds. So far, he has converted 60,000 drylands around Pune by planting 60,000 plants. She intends to launch a similar initiative in Chennai.

TEFF has also started a program in Pune to collect plastic waste and deliver it to recycling companies. “The challenge is to find a solution that respects the environment.” But it had a positive impact, and we trained 20,000 citizens”, he said.

TEFF has been awarded the prestigious Energy Globe National Award, 2020, for “Fostering Sustainable Living” by the Austrian Energy Globe Foundation for its initiatives (National Winners). It also managed 3,000 tons of waste per year and helped create a good amount of renewable energy.

According to Chordia, all of TEFF’s work is aligned with the national missions of Atmanirbhar Bharat, Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, Land to Lab for Innovative Agricultural Technologies and Adoption of Natural Farming, and Doubling Farmer Incomes.

First published: June 02, 2022, 10:28 IST

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