• Seeking Ideas: Propagating Shivansh Khaad

    7:49 am, 27 Sep 2017 By Billions in Change

    Our food- and agriculture-focused initiative ‘Shivansh Kheti’ is pioneering a rapid and simple 18-day method of converting raw farm waste into a nutrient rich natural fertilizer we’re calling Shivansh Khaad.

    The goal is to train millions of farmers across India to create and use Shivansh Khaad as an alternative to chemical fertilizers. Field tests have shown that incorporating this natural soil amendment into a farm creates a host of benefits, including: improved soil quality, higher crop yields, better crop quality, viable seeds, reduced pesticide use, lower irrigation requirements, and increased profits.

    Do you have ideas or practical expertise about how we might transfer this skill of making Shivansh Khaad at scale (to millions of farmers) and in the shortest possible time frame?

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  • Pratap singh tomer 5:30 am, 30 Sep 2017

    Install the round wire mess frames at every village where the cattle are housed, involve educated village youth from same village to guide other illiterate farmers and involve local panchayat

    • Vinod Sankar 3:39 pm, 03 Oct 2017

      Thoughtful suggestions. Do you have any prior experience with such projects? Any learning you can share from those experiences?

    • we did that in my place at small level. a different method actually. is there the step my step process document here. we can do it many villages easily if the doc is available. info transfer is the key

  • Roger Gauthier 6:23 am, 02 Oct 2017

    The fastest way would be to either drop instructions out of a plane or get them intobtheir hands via your power grid and internet. But for now the old fashion way of droping something like visual comic book type pamphlets. That was how communism was spread to millions back in the day.

  • Finny Kumaravel 1:02 pm, 04 Oct 2017

    Make the rural youth of India pose for selfies with it, this needs to be demonstrated in practical terms to the masses and the youth are a sure fire way to do it, with the advent of internet messaging this gives them an opportunity to produce regional specific video content which has gained popularity in recent times here

  • Radhika Larsen 6:14 pm, 04 Oct 2017

    Mobile internet users is estimated at 420 million and smartphone users at 300 million in India. Whatsapp is the most popular newsfeed sharing media. The power of digital India is there to use.

    • Shivam Dubey 10:30 am, 07 Oct 2017

      Indeed radhika… they may not know how to open a bank account but surely they can whatsapp, which will be a great medium.

  • Radhika Larsen 6:15 pm, 04 Oct 2017

    Mobile internet users is estimated at 420 million and smartphone users at 300 million in India. Whatsapp is the most popular newsfeed sharing media. The power of digital India is there to use.

  • Shashank Shekher 10:25 am, 05 Oct 2017

    As Manoj Bhargava said in his video we need to tell the farmers “why Shivansh Khaad and then how to make it”. People need to accept this change and adopt it for times to come. In my opinion personal contact of volunteer at village level will be required to spread the word about Shivansh Khaad

  • Ashish Bakshi 2:07 pm, 05 Oct 2017

    Work with Agricultural universities and collages to propagate this method. There are some non-profit organization take their help to propagate this method. You are already marketing through internet, now add a mobile app with user forums so as to exchange experiences and gamify the Idea.

  • Emperor Chak 4:06 am, 06 Oct 2017

    Make old people to invole in the programme. Bcz thy hving practical ideas. Thy work fr better cultivation. Provide minimum education knowledge n infrastructure. Give service n clear doughts n problems with local people.

  • nanda kishore 5:32 am, 06 Oct 2017

    Not only by using social media but we can take the help of government of India and bring awareness in people by displaying these in movie ads, by sending certain teams,and may government give subsidy on this.
    According to me this is the best way, it may take a little time but may give a result and also by making short films

  • Hrishikesh Pai 5:37 am, 06 Oct 2017

    i think if we can make some document which is easy to understand and follow. distribute it … mostly in local language with the help of volunteers

  • Shailendra Kumar jain 7:00 am, 06 Oct 2017

    Dear Sir,
    I am a faculty in civil engineering and my students are successfully tested that if cow dung is not available we can replace it with human urine also in the process of composting as Humen urine is the one of the best fertilizer and it is the best source of nitrogen which is the prime requirement for compositing.
    Please try it if we are using urine in the process we are able to solve two big issues one removal of urine from sewer treatment plant or rivers and second composting of waste.
    so that two big waste will be converted into one best fertilizer.

  • 9686500752 7:17 am, 06 Oct 2017

    In my opinion, we can propagate this by organizing demos in the village about how to prepare this and what are the steps involved … a short video film or animation should be distributed to the villagers about this so that they can watch it repeatedly and try it at least once.

  • Anil Ayyangar 9:53 am, 06 Oct 2017

    Former believe only when they see the results. It should be like chain reaction.
    1. Create model forms in Mandal & District levels
    2. Showcase success stories in social media & make them viral
    3. Tie-up with gross root workers

  • 9308275178 10:29 am, 06 Oct 2017

    Need to work in ground level

  • Vidhya Sivakumar 4:49 pm, 06 Oct 2017

    Put this up in every Mandi where the farmer sells and buy their farm produce. On every paper /wrapper that will come in contact. In the form of sms, give them a hotline to call which will tell them what it is all about.. In fact on all their chemical fertilizer wrapper we should put details of Shivansh Khaad

  • Shivam Dubey 10:28 am, 07 Oct 2017

    It’s really important that the farmers understand first why they need to opt for “shivash kheti”- khaad. Which is no harm to the land unlike urea, no additional cost unlike urea- , saving huge amount of money. Once they understand the importance not even a single farmer will go for western pesticides. A farmer makes only 2 % profit from his work. By opting “shivansh khaad” they increase their profit by 22 %. This is what the farmers need to understand.

  • NITESH KUMAR SAINI 2:33 pm, 07 Oct 2017

    This is a great technique for village like ours in Rajasthan where farmers invest more in irrigation as it reduces the water requirement also I am going to educate more and more farmers with my friends, We will arrange choupals and try our best with the help of farmers. Keen to get some responsibility.

  • Sandeep sharma 3:34 pm, 07 Oct 2017

    How we can make Khaad and how we help farmar to make khaad

  • Tirumala Srinivas PITCHIKA 4:46 am, 08 Oct 2017

    Best first mode will be by playing the trailer in local languages in the movies theater’s at first along with the local enthusiast volunteers contact number and thereby making the interested candidates to work together on a selected workplace to boost confidence and instill these great ideas. All the best for all of us. Save janaa sukhino bhavanthu.

  • We installed the fertilizer making technique in our urban farm. info transfer is the key. if Billions in change can propagate the soft copy of step by step process info transfer will become very easy. ready to volunteer if needed.

  • NEESHA B 7:38 am, 08 Oct 2017

    Reach out to corporates in different states to take up this initiative with you as part of their CSR activity. Involve the local youth (urban or villagers) to participate and demonstrate how it is done, the success rate , benefits etc. I’m sure there will be many volunteers in urban cities who would willingly help. Willing to help in any part of India with you guys! Good luck! You are doing a great job!

  • NEESHA B 7:38 am, 08 Oct 2017

    Reach out to corporates in different states to take up this initiative with you as part of their CSR activity. Involve the local youth (urban or villagers) to participate and demonstrate how it is done, the success rate , benefits etc. I’m sure there will be many volunteers in urban cities who would willingly help. Willing to help in any part of India with you guys! Good luck! You are doing a great job!

  • Yogeshwar Kulkarni 2:55 pm, 08 Oct 2017

    I think, why can’t this be coupled with government initiatives in order to subsidize farming expenses (initially & till the time advantages are materialised to the farmer )whoever is utilizing this method. This will help to accelerate the progress and gain the publicity of such a good technique.

  • Abhinab Singh 8:23 am, 09 Oct 2017

    On first look, it seems, that if applied properly this can be another revolution. However, a strong grass root level org is imperative if this has to succeed. Its got to be a collaborative mechanism with visible gains in the short term as well. There is a need for few enablers as well as good ppl taking initiative. Costing is another aspect. The initial pieces hv to be priced lower maybe few need to be installed free of cost. An ecosystem of agri institutes, NGOs , local bodies supported by the government needs to be established. The government must assist this initiative.

  • Pravin Kottawar 9:05 am, 09 Oct 2017

    To spread the idea we need volunteers. With Shivansh Khaad we need leaders who are respected by farmers who are good in organic farming.

  • Babu Rao 9:51 am, 09 Oct 2017

    Show this in all local languages and select for each district ONE VILLAGE as demo center. Get 10 volunteers from these villages who will stay for one year. Also at district level set up scaled manufacturing units for these silo’s to be made .they should be near goshals where cow dung is easily available. getting 2 lakh volunterrs is not difficult . May take about 3 months to cover about 20000 villages to start with

  • 9777260328 9:57 am, 09 Oct 2017

    By organizing gather up at Panchayat level through volunteers and creating a workshop . Also by interacting people through whatsapp groups could make a difference.

  • Vikram Karkhanis 8:07 pm, 09 Oct 2017

    As per research data available, 66.86%( World Bank data 2016) of Indian citizens live in rural areas, Banners with details of ‘Shivansh Kheti” & toll free number written in local regional language on inhabited village crossroads & major connecting national highways will help reach millions of farmers in India.

  • Dharmendra rai 2:56 am, 10 Oct 2017

    – Circulation of video of “Making of Shivansh Khaad” via social media
    – Demo through Gram panchayat and availability of booklet at panchayat
    – Opening centres for production of Shivansh Khaad by adding a village family which will be supply point to others
    – Reward the farmers who are using Shivansh Khaad by providing them seeds on cost-to-cost basis.

  • DEEPAK CHOUDHARY 6:24 am, 10 Oct 2017

    I belong to a village nd my father is a farmer ,so i think that to give the info. on phones or by other internet sources to the villagers does’t work cause’ they do not trust without getting a demo practically, therefore it would be better to directly meet them nd provide info.nd somewhat material tp them ,

  • viraj 6:53 pm, 10 Oct 2017

    We can start from 3 places initially for three diffrent categories
    a) Whatapp—India is amazing in making things viral —– for those who are lot like sticked and stucked to their phones
    b) Colleges and school— No movement can ever be successful in India at this point of time without real participation of YOUTH
    c) Hardcopies — Phamplets of yours are simply amazing to understand the concept.We as the volunteer ca n download its pdf and circulate in our locality i.e. autodrivers,coolies at railway station, etc. Basically anyone with most probability of conncted with farming.

    These three i guess incorporate about 80% of indian population those are connected to farming.

  • Dipesh Chothani 5:12 am, 11 Oct 2017

    On Similar Lines there is Zero budget natural farming totally zero cost. please evaluate the same too as forces like adopting it you can make the difference. http://www.palekarzerobudgetspiritualfarming.org/zbnf.aspx

  • Vijaya Satchidanandam 7:24 am, 11 Oct 2017

    11th October 2017. Everyday this past week I’m reading in the newspapers about farmers in punjab burning post harvest stubble in their fields causing severe pollution. The government has banned this practice of burning, and of course as expected, compliance is poor. Instead local government bodies should train farmers to convert this agriculture waste into shivansh khaad and reeduce their capital expenditure on fertilizers, in addition to improving soil quality. Can we deploy shivansh khaad in these rich agricultural areas?

  • Vijaya Satchidanandam 7:26 am, 11 Oct 2017

    Shivansh khaad can solve the problem of urban waste by teaching groups of houses and apartment blocks to compost their wet kitchen waste and use it for small kitchen gardens.

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  • Ravindra Kumar 11:20 am, 11 Oct 2017

    First of all, benefits need to be clearly elaborated outlining costs, efforts & other variables involved, To instill confidence in new methodology, it needs to be showcased though farming at owned farms and also through Farmers Partnership Programs with assured guaranteed output by targeting focus areas first. Aidio/Audio Visual material is major local languages with experts recommending or certifying the methodology should be available on the site. Website should be available in major local languages. Discussion forum and other resources.from different languages should be pooled to make these available in all languages. Khap panchayats & colleges may play a vital role as they can deliver the massage effectively, by highlighting social & holistic benefits to dwindling farming community, which is threatening village smartest eco-system..Additional cost of inputs, if any, may be recovered from assured output. NGOs may also play a vital role. .
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  • Rupali 12:23 pm, 11 Oct 2017

    Hello Sir ,
    I think to make shivansh khaad popular between farmers. you should work with pani foundation.
    pani foundation every year arrange a competition within taluka’s. In 2017 total 30 taluka’s of Maharastra participated in the competition. they arrange a 7 days training program for 2 persons of each village.and whole Maharastra is watching this competition so within 45 days you can reach to lakhs of peoples.

  • Rupali 12:23 pm, 11 Oct 2017

    Hello Sir ,
    I think to make shivansh khaad popular between farmers. you should work with pani foundation.
    pani foundation every year arrange a competition within taluka’s. In 2017 total 30 taluka’s of Maharastra participated in the competition. they arrange a 7 days training program for 2 persons of each village.and whole Maharastra is watching this competition so within 45 days you can reach to lakhs of peoples.

  • Rupali 12:23 pm, 11 Oct 2017

    Hello Sir ,
    I think to make shivansh khaad popular between farmers. you should work with pani foundation.
    pani foundation every year arrange a competition within taluka’s. In 2017 total 30 taluka’s of Maharastra participated in the competition. they arrange a 7 days training program for 2 persons of each village.and whole Maharastra is watching this competition so within 45 days you can reach to lakhs of peoples.

  • Sunil morye 11:44 am, 12 Oct 2017

    Distribute the local language document and need to work in ground level. So people can understand about uses of Shivansh Khaad.

  • RAMANA VENKAT 6:38 am, 13 Oct 2017

    Make separate designed vehicle which is more helpful than this , which can turn wet cow dung and other waste into dry matter and then it will be directly used into fields

  • ABHINAV PANDEY 3:00 am, 14 Oct 2017

    Former believe only when they see the results. It should be like chain reaction.
    1. Create model forms in Mandal & District levels
    2. Showcase success stories in social media & make them viral
    3. Tie-up with gross root workers

  • manish patkar 11:38 am, 14 Oct 2017

    You need to take government s help , it will make it easier to spread the message

  • Mardav Gala 8:06 pm, 14 Oct 2017

    I believe the issue here at hand is more political than conventional, as fertilizer industry of our country would be impacted. However, in response to the question, the comic-type pamphlets can be distributed via post/mail services, if partnered with India post and Mr. Tomar suggested, involving the Panchayat would be great idea, apart from the fact that it’s still way down the supply chain if you think of it in practical terms as reaching out would take time. The quickest and the most feasible ways could be;

    1. Partnering with India Posts that can deliver the guide/user manual to local post offices in every village.
    2. Gaining governmental support could be beneficial at this stage, and the current government in power would be more inclined to support the idea of reaching out as it would give them a political advantage for 2019.

  • Sagar Verma 8:25 am, 15 Oct 2017

    To implement this thing in a better way, a group of agricultural engineers as volunteer will be the best. They can have a project on it in any village, showing the people, how it works and illustrating it’s benefits. Once the farmers realise that it’s easy to make, cheap and healthy. They will definitely avoid the chemicals. And we must have a packet of fertilizer ready to give them as a trail pack to use.

  • G Nath 4:36 am, 16 Oct 2017

    I am impressed with your entire work and positive thoughts. I want to make Shivansh Fertilizer for my Village Farmers, plz guide me for it.

  • Rishav Aggarwal 4:44 am, 16 Oct 2017

    Youngesters have to take initative to make this revolution amongs the villages across india

  • Khushbu Doshi 7:21 am, 17 Oct 2017

    Transferring skills of making Shivansh Khaad to many farmers
    1. Identify one or more NGOs in different regions of each state who are already working in field of Farmer Welfare/ Promoting Organic/ Chemical free Farming etc
    2. Get in touch with the NGOs and promote the idea of Shivansh Khaad.
    3. The NGOs will help to identify one or more worker/ volunteer, fluent in basic English or Hindi, who can be trained in making of Shivansh Khaad. The purpose of identifying volunteers from individual region is that they can propagate the training to other farmers in the region in their respective local languages!
    4. Fix on a date/ period when all the volunteers/ workers can be called upon at a village/ training location, where the step by step live demonstration of khaad preparation can be shown, along with all the troubleshooting ways
    5. The training can be conducted over a period of few days. Training period can also include sessions to understand concerns of volunteers in each region and getting their doubts cleared on the entire process
    6. A database can be created either by Billions of Change, or respective NGOs, identifying and listing different districts/ regions in each state where the training needs be propagated. Also, farmer associations in different regions can be identified and the training can be conducted to multiple farmers at a time
    7. A system needs to be developed, wherein a timeline of training program to be created, for each region/ district/ state. The timeline will capture the regions, schedule of training, location and contact details of Farmer/ farmer association, follow up schedule and also contact details of volunteer, to whom the farmers can reach out for any help
    8. The timeline will help understand the progress, reach and impact of program
    9. Once the timeline is in place, the volunteers who underwent the training, can then take it forward to multiple farmers in their respective regions, thus simultaneously reaching out to millions of farmers in the country!

  • 9323812644 12:49 pm, 17 Oct 2017

    I will pass on info from this site to my friends who run NGO’s in rural areas helping the people understand this concept. Its so simple, much better than the pit composting system, where more money and labour is required.
    Thanks team BIC

  • 9891475755 10:47 am, 19 Oct 2017

    Best way of transfering skills to farmers is to visit cattle fair or local festivals where we can go and share it with farmers