Promotion of non-conventional Energy Sources
Environmental protection is inevitable to reduce the negative effects of modernization. In this context, we make all efforts to promote non-conventional energy sources like biogas and solar energy plants. Sensitization and training programs are being organised to motivate people to adopt these measures. Biogas plants are constructed using the "ferro-cement-technology", which is cost effective and long lasting. To set a good example, we installed a solar power system for our office to withstand persistent power failures.
Soil and Water Conservation Measures
Another aim of VOSARD is to improve the rural people's quality of life through sustainable management of the natural resources and addressing the negative effects of environmental degradation. A major component is enabling them to conserve soil & water and facilitating them to mobilize local resources. Measures to protect agricultural soil from erosion increase its productivity so that farmland is not lost anymore and the farmers can supply their families. This is necessary due to the steep hills of the Idukki District.
Organic Methods for More Profit
"I am Biju, a small farmer residing in the Vandanmedu Panchayat. I used to culticate vegetables, tubers, banana and so on in leased land. Since the beginning I used to apply a lot of chemical manures and pesticides in the farm for pest control and increasing production. Three years back, the project staff of VOSARD directed me to attend awareness programs and trainings in organic farming. During the exposure visits to model farms I could learn innovative biological methods for pest control and methods in organic farming. VOSARD also supported me for a dairy unit and the construction of a biogas plant. Now I cultivate vegetables and other food crops organically. After adopting new methods, the production increased and I could also reduce my expences. Being produced organically, the product has good demand in the local market. I have learned and experienced the preparation and application of bio-manures and pesticides and motivate others to do so as well."
Integrated Watershed Project