SPEP was initiated as a joint venture between NRSP and the Jamal Din Wali Sugar Mills in 2000 with the objective of enabling 10,000 farmers with small land-holdings to double their per acre yield of sugarcane, and thereby raise their incomes and standard of living, over three years. The project was launched in District Rahim Yar Khan in areas adjacent to the JDW Mill. We have intervened in one hundred eleven (111) union councils and 846 revenue villages within these union councils, 193,026 acres of land and 103,822 households in four (04) tehsils namely ‘Rahim Yar Khan’, ‘Khan Pur’, ‘Liaqat Pur’ and ‘Sadiqabad’. It is a comprehensive and intended intervention for agriculture production expansion and the living standards of poor people. Its need was felt when the statistics of the region showed the declining trends in the acreage of sugarcane. The declining trend was attributed to poor seed quality, low yields, nonscientific agronomic practices, lack of access to credit and delayed payment to small growers by the Mills which discouraged the small farmers and growers.
Therefore, SPEP was initiated as a joint venture between NRSP and the Jamal Din Wali Sugar Mills with the objective to double the production of sugarcane of 10,000 small farmers living in designated Union Council around the JDW Mill in RYK. SPEP has been designed to enhance small farm (<20 acres) profitability through agriculture & livestock extension services and provision of credit without collateral. The community organizations (COs) receive SPEP support from a professional team consisting of a social organizer, an agricultural extension officer, and a veterinary officer. The SPEP program had a significant positive impact on total household income, farm income, sugarcane income and household expenditures.
With continued support from JDW Sugar Mills, NRSP expanded its operation in 111 union councils. The number of active COs grew in 2019-20 up to 9,934 with a membership of 103,822 farmers. The main features of the SPEP include:
NRSP has distributed loan of Rs. 2,109.4 million in the year 2019-20 to raise the productivity & income of the farming communities, which is really helping to increase the social and economic life of the rural communities.
SPEP program has a significant impact on the income of participating households in treatment villages especially for those rural households that participate in CO over longer periods.