Cooperative Rural Development Trust
Activity: Practical Training Programme for farmers.
IFFCO promoted Cooperative Rural Development Trust (CORDET) in the year 1979 to provide education and training to farmers. The CORDET units are set up at Phulphur, Kalol and Kandla locations.
CORDET is instrumental in demonstrating various farming system models to increase the farm income by organizing various trainings and skill development programs for youth and women. It has demonstrated crop production system, dairy, balanced fertilization, use of bio-fertilisers, bee-keeping, pisciculture, computer use, screen printing, welding, tailoring and embroidery, adult education programmes, fruits and vegetables preservation etc. at Phulpur and Kalol units.
During the year FY 2017-18, CORDET has organized 306 training programmes benefiting 17,891 farmers including women from various States. CORDET Phulpur and Kalol also provide free soil testing facilities through their Soil Testing Laboratories to the farmers and analysed 95,104 soil samples during the year 2017-18. In addition, 21,000 soil samples were also analysed for six micro nutrients.
To increase microbial activities in the soil, CORDET has increased the production capacity of liquid bio-fertilisers at Kalol Unit from 1.5 lakh litres to 4.75 lakh litres per annum. The total production of bio fertilizers during 2017-18 was 8.66 lakh litres.
To promote cows of Indian breed, 66,422 litres of cow milk was produced during FY 2017-18 at Phulpur. Neem oil extraction unit with the capacity of 150 MT/year has been set up at CORDET Phulpur.
Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) has been undertaken in 14 villages. A variety of social and promotional activities like construction of community centres, drinking water facility, tree plantation, soil testing campaigns, supply of cattle feed, promotion of vermi compost, mini-kit distribution (CIP) etc. were undertaken in these villages. Around 175 programmes in various field have been organized during FY 2017-18, which benefitted 15, 272 farmers.