Poornakumbha was closely involved with Abellon CleanEnergy and played a very important role in achieving milestones as part of project titled "Intercropping of banana and sweet sorghum in marginal lands of Gujarat, India to demonstrate socio-economic and environmental benefits" funded by BMZ GIZ. Sweet sorghum genotypes were selected for intercropping with banana plants to explore market for horticulture crop along with income from fodder crop that is widely cultivated in this region to reduce the risk for farmers along with improving environmental and socio-economic conditions of the farmers and their families.
1. Socio-economic survey, Personal interviews and Focused Group Discussions
• To assess the socio-economic and environmental status of the farmers in Surendranagar district.
• To personally interview the farmers who have witnessed the MLT of intercropping model to know their opinions and
views on intercropping model.
• To validate the responses obtained during the socio-economic surveys and personal interviews.
• 135 farmers from 4 villages in Surendranagar for socio-economic survey.
• 37 farmers for personal interviews.
• Poornakumbha conducted a socio-economic survey wherein educational background, agricultural incomes and expenses,
general expenses like food, healthcare, transportation etc were inquired.
• Farmers responses were recorded and data were compiled.
• Personal interviews were conducted of 37 farmers from 4 villages of Surendranagar district and their socio-economic,
educational status, agricultural practices, problems, incomes and expenses were inquired.
• Focused Group Discussions were conducted wherein field experts were invited to discuss common agricultural problems
faced by the farmers of Surendranagar and farmers were suggested to adopt modern agricultural practices, perform
post harvest treatment and storage of fodder.
2. MLT of intercropping model of sweet sorghum and banana
• To identify best performing sweet sorghum and banana combinations for intercropping for socio-economic and
• Three sites at three villages in Surendranagar district.
• Twenty two promising genotypes of sweet sorghum were cultivated with Grand Naine variety of banana.
• Farmers meetings were organized to educate the farmers on various agricultural aspects.
3. Large scale demonstration trial of intercropping model of sweet sorghum and banana
• To demonstrate intercropping model to the farmers on Surendranagar district.
• Kataria and nearby villages, Surendranagar district.
• Banana and best performing sweet sorghum genotype were cultivated in 1 acre land at Kataria.
• ~1350 banana plants were cultivated.
• Fodder quality analysis of the sweet sorghum biomass was performed to assess its suitability as fodder.
• Farmers meeting were organized wherein subject experts were invited to interact with the farmers and common
problems faced by the farmers were discussed to which subject experts offered suggestions.
• Demonstration of shredding operation of biomass for fodder purpose.
• Silage preparation was demonstrated to the farmers for prolonged storage of fodder.