Surekha Subash Kanade

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“I want to establish a market for organic produce produced by women farmers.”

Surekha plans to start an organic farming training center for women, through which she will reach out to 2000-3000 women, especially single women, from Tuljapur. Surekha has always been keen on starting an enterprise training center for women interested in agri-related business development to help them become independent and their own bosses.

Surekha became a Self-Help Group (SHG) working committee member at Tirthkhurd in Tuljapur, in 2001. Barely a year after she joined, in 2003, she was given charge of forming SHGs in Tuljapur under the government’s Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana, with the support of SSP. In 2011, she received training on SSP’s Climate Resilient Farming model and her group has worked extensively on water conservation. State Ministers visited her village and recognized her work. Initially, when she started cultivating according to the Climate Resilient Farming model, she had to face stiff opposition from her family, but later gained cultivation rights from them. As an SHG member she earned Rs. 1000 per month which she saved and used the money to educate her children as well as purchase small piece of land for herself as well as her sons. In 2017, she received a month’s training on organic farming from KVK – Kaushalya Vikas Prashikshan.

Surekha plans to start an organic farming training center for women, through which she will reach out to 2000-3000 women, especially single women, from Tuljapur. She will begin with a needs assessment in the villages before she starts her center.

She believes women and girls should be financially independent instead of sitting idle. She would like more women to adopt organic farming techniques, as they would save on health expenses. She hopes that by establishing her credibility she would be able to drown out criticism and pressure from community members.

Surekha has always been keen on starting an enterprise training center for women interested in agri-related business development to help them become independent and their own bosses. The training will help women engage with Sakhi producer company organic centers where they will get an income. The centers will provide the women organic seeds, fertilizers, etc.