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Welfare Activities

Himshikha aspires to improve the standard of living of rural farmers through their income growth by increasing agricultural productivity. Himshikha is also providing a fair trade premium on their organic cotton produce over conventional cotton.

With the premium provided to the farmers for the produce of the season 2006-07, the farmers of the Dawali village bought spray pumps to get rid of the heavy rental charges paid by them to the suppliers. This would help them cut their costs.

A total of 25 spray pumps were bought by the farmers which would be rotated for use among all the farmers there.

Spray pumps being handed over to the Head (Sarpanch) of the Dawali Villiage.

With the same premium, farmers of Balapat, another village under the same project, bought kitchen utensils to be used during social gatherings in the village. The villagers used to incur heavy costs and face a lot of problem in arranging kitchen utensils during their social gathering and festivals. So they unanimously decided to buy kitchen utensils from the premium.

These utensils were handed over to them by Mr. Eric Ducoin, a VIP Member of HDP during his visit to the medical camp organized by the HDP at the village.

HDP has constituted a Samiti Named ORGANIC KHEDUT SAMITI at Madargarh village. Samiti consists of 3 women and 4 men from the village. Upon completion of procurment 1% fair trade premium is deposited in the samiti bank account. The samiti will decide in a democratic way to use these funds in for any welfare and upliftment project in the village.

At this time of escalating cotton prices when majority of projects in India are refusing to honour their contracts for organic primium, HDP is extremely proud to state in addition to the fair trade primium, HDP consistently pays 10% organic premium to the farmers over and above the prevailing market price.

Mr. Eric handing over kitchen utensils to head of the Balapat Village.
Technical Assistance and Training

HDP has been continuously engaged in building the competence of farmers engaged in organic farming by working closely with them on developing organic culture on their farm to meet the sustainable fair trade requirements. HDP has deputed a team of dedicated workmen led by a qualified and experienced consultant on Organic Farming to provide the farmers expert advices, guide them and train them on better farming practices, waste management, preparing natural fertilizers, human and animal health care and pest management.

For the Madargarh village project HDP has collaborated with the 11 year old Green Acre Project for providing free technical assistance and training. Green Acre has deputed a team of 27 qualified personal to carry out these activities.


Our team of technical consultants visiting the farms of our farmers, inspecting and advising them
framer meeting
Farmers conducting meeting at Madargarh.

Medical Camp

With an intention to achieve sustainable improvements in the health status among the vulnerable rural community, HDP organized and sponsored a free medical camp for the farmers of Dawali and Balapat villages on 26th and 27th September, respectively. The beneficiaries of the free medical camp included the farmers engaged in organic cotton farming for HDP. Dawali and Balapat are the two villages in Burhanpur District of Madhya Pradesh, India where HDP manages its organic cotton projects.

In the camp, HDP got its farmers’ health checked up by a team of qualified doctors of Dayasagar Hospital, Kusumkot, Amravati District of Maharashtra.

A total of 130 patients benefited from the camp at Dawali and 112 patients at the Balapat Medical camp. According to the doctors attending the patients in the camp, majority of the patients suffered from diseases like Anemia, Conjunctivitis, Women Flock, Malaria, Upper Respiratory Infections, Bronchial Asthma, Gastro-Intestinal Infections, Arthritis and Tuberculosis. There were also patients suffering from Diabetics, Heart Diseases, and Neurological Diseases. Many patients are also suffering from Cataract and Visual Problems. The doctors gave spot treatment to patients suffering from minor health problems and others were referred to the Hospital. HDP also provided medicines to them for free.

Madargarh Medical Camp

Himshikha 2 organized a free medical camp on 3rd April 2011 for the farmers of Madargarh village District of Surendranagr Gujarat. A team of 3 qualified doctors, 2 nurses and 2 lab assistance participated in the camp.

A total of 94 farmers including family members were examined and benefited from this camp.

Free medicines were provided to the farmers by himshikha 2

MEDICAL CAMP. HDP organised a one day free health camp for all the farmers and there families from Madargarh village on 3rd April 2011. A total of 94 people were checked and Medicines provided free of cost.HDP has recorded the doctors findings and will measure the health improvments after conducting the second health camp later this year.

HDP Organized 2nd time a free health camp on 4th March 2012, and 84 people were checked and Medicines provided free of costs.

Doctors attending women and children at the Medical Camp organised by HDP at Dawali Village.
Nurse distributing medicine to the patient at the Medical Camp organised by HDP at Balapat village

 Doctors attending women at the medical camp organised by Himshikha-2 at Madargarh village

Blood group testing at
Medical camp

Doctor's attending patents at the medical camp Organized 2nd time by Himshikha - 2 at Madargarh Village on 4th March 2012.




HDP has conducted surveys of each farmer family in the Madargarh project and will assess the minimum each farmer family requires to cover their input costs, education costs for their children and a health and sustainable life style. The data that has been accumulated will be used to analyise and assess the carbon foot print that is left behind on a per acre basis in the cultivation of organic cotton.

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