Natural Farming

implementation rainwater harvesting technologies-

helped mobilize 2000 farmers to do natural farming,


 She works with about 2000 farmers in Samudrapur block of Wardha district, promoting natural farming and targets to reach 10000; Self Help Groups of women have been formed in both Samudrapur (125) and Seloo (600) blocks, and the members are given training in various micro-enterprise activities primarily centering on processing of natural produce.
Dr. Vibha Gupta IITD alumnus is ChairpersonMagan Sangrahalaya Samiti, Wardha, a national Museum of Rural Technology started by Mahatma Gandhi in 1938.

MSS is presently working in 120 villages of Wardha District of Maharashtra, especially in terms of watershed harvesting and rural enterprises. Through Watershed Management and Development project water is brought to ten arid villages by recharging their groundwater aquifer and rejuvenating the natural resource base through implementation of appropriate rainwater harvesting technologies. Now, there is water in every home and every field, whereas previously there was none. This intervention has also helped mobilize 2000 farmers to do natural farming, saving a total of Two Crore rupees annually on chemical fertilizers, resulting in an increase of 25 to 50 percent in the crop yield.

MSS has formed 600 women Self Help Groups (SHGs) with more than 10,000 women members and has set up 34 rural micro-enterprises that provide subsidiary employment to 1000 rural women. The institution’s vision is to empower the people of rural India through the micro-enterprise route to create sustainable livelihoods by converting technologies into trades and processes into professions.

Dr. Vibha Gupta is the Chairperson of Magan Sangrahalaya , the museum of Rural Industries founded by Mahatma Gandhi. She co-founded the Centre of Science for Villages in 1978 and has been working since then in developing appropriate technologies for rural population in areas such as renewable energy, rural artisans, mud housing, sanitation, forest, agro-based rural industries, and women-oriented technologies. To have an in-depth understanding of the subject she extensively traveled to many countries. Her five publications and ten films are based on appropriate rural technologies.Qualified as an economist, Vibha earned her PhD. from Indian Institute of Technology, New – Delhi , with a focus on ‘Transfer of Technology Amongst Rural Women’. She also took her postgraduate degrees in Social Science in Canada and the Netherlands . She is a recipient of a number of national and international awards ,apart from being a member of national committees in the ministry of – Science and Technology; Rural Development; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises etc.

She works for emancipation of rural folk living in the villages, especially for the women of Rural India. With her unique combination of high academic training, grounding in Gandhian philosophy and close linkage with the villages and grassroots movements, Vibha brings in the inspiration, administration and successful implementation of programmes for enhancing entrepreneurships in rural India. She has mobilised 10,000 rural women to set up rural enterprises based on local materials and local skills.

To counter the rising suicides amongst farmers, due to high cost of farm inputs, she has moved the campaign on Low Input Organic Farming. With her efforts 2000 farmers shifted from chemical to organic farming and are producing their own farm inputs.

In 10 water scarcity villages, her work on watershed management has brought water back to the dried wells and farms. She is also leading an innovative rural Sanitation drive where the villagers generate their own funds to make their village healthy and hygienic.

Vibha heads the Karigar Panchayat (Artisans Forum), a national movement to preserve, protect and promote the skills, knowledge and culture of Indian Artisan.

Contact:

Dr. Vibha Gupta

Chairperson

Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti
Kumarappa Road, Wardha-442001,
Maharashtra, INDIA
Ph – 07152-245082
Fax – 07152-244522
Email – vibhawomentech@gmail.com

Cell –  0 97666 97311

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