Vidarbha, March 22, 2018 - The recently concluded Kisan Pragati Melava received an overwhelming response. The Melava was organised by the not for profit Grand Maratha Foundation. Farmers were trained in modern techniques for improved farming in this Kisan Pragati Melava and some seminars based on alternative farming were held. It achieved twin objectives of improving financial condition of the farmers and the development of the supplementary system.

 Srikrishna Dhanokar, a resident of Kadampur village, committed suicide a few days ago due to the distress of debt.  The Grand Maratha Foundation gave 30 kgs each of wheat, rice and tur dal to his wife Archana Srikrishna Dhanokar. In addition, the Grand Maratha Foundation has taken responsibility for the entire cost of education of Soham, son of deceased Srikrishna Dhanokar.

 Kits for self-employment were given to 50 needy farmers of Sambhapur, Palshi Khurd, Palshi Budruk, Loni Gurav and Kadamapur at the rally. These included 600 chickens, 40 to 50 cap torches, 10 to 20 spraying machines and soil testing machines and other materials which were given by Dr. R. N. Katkar of the Department of Soil Science of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural University and Grand Maratha Foundation's manager Shradha Sonawane.  Prof. S. R. Shegokar of Veterinary Department guided the farmers about how to take care for the chicks given to them and how to nurture them. Tehsil Agriculture Officer Sanjaykumar Dhanake and Sarpanch from these five villages Pawan Srikrishna Pawar, Meeratai Sadanand Dhanokar, Dr. Sanjay Bohar, Panchfula Deshmukh, Janrao Ingale, Dr. Bhasur Bhosali and other dignitaries were present at the occasion.

 Speaking about this venture, the founder of the Grand Maratha Foundation, Rohit Shelatkar, said that the emphasis of  this initiative has always been on the advancement of farmers by using modern equipment, training and improved agricultural tools. This Kisan Pragati Melava was organized as a comprehensive platform for the development and guidance of the farmers. We will make efforts to organize such farmers' Kisan Pragati Melavas due to the heavy response of the farmers and their families on a large scale in the future.

 Enlightening the farmers about the foundation, Shradha Sonawane, Manager, Grand Maratha Foundation, said that farmers should contact the foundation whenever there was injustice or torture on farmers. The foundation is always ready to help the farmers.

 The Grand Maratha Foundation does not aim to profit from this venture, rather the objective of the initiative is to improve the quality of life of farmers and the deprived components of Maharashtra, the confidence of the farmers and held improve the standard of living through the long-lasting measures, bring modern farming technologies and start e-learning, enable farmers to increase their income and help them get out of the cycle of poverty and loans.