Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Wardha. However, the traditional cropping pattern is unsustainable as it is both ecologically and economically unviable. KJBF motivates farmers to adopt sustainable agricultural practices and use improved technology. KJBF encourages marginal and landless farmers and women especially, to undertake dairy farming as a means of alternative livelihood.
Improved Agriculture Practices
KJBF motivates the agrarian community to adopt integrated farming practices that promote the cultivation of short duration, less water intensive cash crops combined with horticulture (wadi) and dairy farming. Taking up vermicomposting, using improved seeds and efficient technology have also contributed to enhancing crop yields.
Alternative Livelihood opportunities
With improved agricultural practices, crop yield is greater, resulting in an increase in income. However, KJBF motivates the community to also explore other land based occupations such as dairy farming as an alternate source of steady income. Dairy farming also ensures better nutrition for the family. The cattle dung is used for meeting fuel and manure needs. Since women are usually responsible for looking after cattle, dairy farming offers them an opportunity to be engaged in a productive (income generating) activity