Daasi – The ‘Super Farmer’
Daasi, a tribal woman who relocated from Nagarahole to Sollepura relocation center during 2007-08, has proved that there can be no substitute to hard work and willingness. With the support of WCS-India staff, who facilitated the learning and provided access to expert advice, she was able to take up agriculture activities and harvest a diverse range of crops. She was awarded as ‘Super Farmer’ recently. Today she earns around Rs 4 lakh annually from the maize, pepper, beans, tomato and chilli she grows. Here in the video, she shares her thoughts with H L Govindappa of WCS-India, expressing her determination and happiness with the way things have happened. “I am happy and want to achieve even more in coming years.. as I keep telling my son we have to get fully into the task.. showing them the way to be independent is how we can show real love.. I hope I can inspire others to follow my path.. I used to grow maize and cotton till you showed us how to start growing vegetables too.. life here is much better than in the forest where education meant long treks through the jungle.. here, our children get food… everything comes to our doorstep”, says Daasi.