There is a growing need to adopt environment friendly practices in everyday lives. In line with this global priority, SMFG India Credit launched Krishi Mitra- a unique organic farming awareness program to ensure the adoption of sustainable environmental practices at grassroots level. Organic farming in principle discourages the use of harsh chemicals and therefore, contributes towards the preservation of the natural environment.
Initiated in 2013, SMFG India Credit’s Krishi Mitra Organic Farming project educates the community about Organic Farming, its benefits and the process of organic certification for better return from their agriculture produce.
The identified candidates are trained in detail on organic farming concepts and practical demonstrations through a 7-day residential program. Post training they are certified as Krishi Mitra and are associated with the local NGOs. Krishi Mitras propagate the various methods of organic farming, practical demonstration and handholding support for preparation of low cost compost, group formation of like-minded farmers for organic certification and awareness creation through focused group discussions. At present SMFG India Credit has 50+ Krishi Mitra’s trained outreach workers.