How is agriculture really taking place in rural India? What are the real areas where design interventions are needed? This has been the focus of our many field visits. This time it was Osmanabad, Marathwada region, Maharashtra. Osmanabad is exactly midway between Mumbai and Hyderabad. 2017 began with a 3-day field visit to Osmanabad, Tuljapur and Bhum districts. We visited Sarola, Padoli, Barul, Nandora and Hadongri Village.
Hadongri Village, Osmanabad Taluka
We were lucky enough to visit dairy, poultry and crop farms. We saw harvests and hybrid hens; Gerberas in polytunnels, modern goat farms and dal milling units. We met grassroot innovators, gritty entrepreneurs and visited Krishi Vigyan Kendras, learning of various research, innovations and important problems they still face.
Toor Dal Harvest in progress, Osmanabad
Nale Goat Farm
Gerbera Polyhouse, Padoli
Most pertinently, we’ve listed our first level of observations. We saw many stages from harvesting to processing where design interventions are critical. These innovations need to be sensitive to local conditions and leverage local skills.
Now, we will put together our observations, brainstorm and build collaborations for projects that really impact these areas. Watch this space for more.