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Annual General Meeting of Women FPO at Banke Bazar, Gaya

Executive Summary of this project

Banke Bazar Mahila Vikas Producer Company Limited, in the field of Agriculture, in the field of Nutritious Garden, in the field of Lemongrass Oil, in the field of Mustard Oil Processing, in the field of Phenyl, in the field of Mushroom, in the field of Soap Making, Baby Corn (Maize ) Farming, work has been done which has been done under HDFC Parivartan and Sarva Seva Samiti organization sponsored project and in joint collaboration. This project is for the economic empowerment of women and their participation and support to the market and institutions and the project aims at the development of Lemongrass Cultivation and Processing, Mustard Processing Unit, Pulses Mill Processing, Beach Processing, Root Cultivation and Enterprise Development, Input and Establishment of output centre, livelihood, skill development, institutional development, pulses seed production, nutrition garden, crop demonstration training, farmers got support for producer group/FPO formation training etc. through this project.

Nutritious Garden: Banke Bazaar Mahila Vikas Producer Company Limited has received 50 Nutrient Garden kits in April 2022 from Seminar1 Agro Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with HDFC and Sarva Seva Samiti organization, which was given to 50 farmers. A kit worth ₹ 900 was given to the farmers for just ₹ 100 so that they could understand the importance and usefulness of the dress garden. Whose income has increased from ₹ 2000 to ₹ 3000 due to the nutritious garden. Again in October 2022, work was done on Nutri Vatika with 348 farmers, all were given kitchen garden small kits for just ₹ 25 and this also increased the income tax of farmers from ₹ 1500 to 2000.

Lemongrass was cultivated in Bihargani and Bela and cultivated in 20.5 acres in Bihargani and 20 acres in Bela with the support of Agriculture Department, Government of Bihar. One litter of lemongrass oil is extracted from one katta, its price is ₹ 1200/kg, due to this farming, there was a huge increase in the income of the farmer and the barren land emerged as fertile land. For its promotion, support has also been received from time to time from the government.

In collaboration with Mustard Seed APC, Snehi 2022, 51 farmers were provided 50 kg seeds free of cost from the Block Agriculture Office, due to which the income of the farmers increased from Rs 800 to Rs 4500. Apart from this, high quality seeds of Kala and Yellow Mustard were purchased by FPC at the rate of Rs 175 and Rs 185 per kg and FPC sold this seed at the rate of Rs 220 with profit. For mustard processing, 1015 kg of mustard was taken. After mustard processing, 245 liters of oil was extracted, it was sold at the rate of ₹ 180. The remaining mustard has been kept for processing.

The work of making phenyl and soap from grass level grass oil was started by FPC and training of the members was also given. From this we came to know that it can be turned into an entrepreneur and the soap being manufactured till now is very useful and very important from the point of view of profit. Phenyl of levelgrass oil has been sold in the form of 30 liters, the rate of which is Rs 55 and 30, similarly, the soap of levelgrass oil has been sold in the form of 89 soap, the rate of which is Rs 72 and 80, 40.

In the field of mushroom production, by providing training on Butter, Oyster and Milky White Mushroom through FPC, mushroom cultivation was done with 200 farmers in 2022 and with 100 farmers in 2023, which was very good from the profit point of view. Can give double profit in three months if it is done well. There is a demand for them in the local markets also and there is a possibility of increasing it. Mushroom production can be done throughout the year amidst the increasing and decreasing temperatures throughout the year.

Baby Corn Cultivation: After training by FPC, baby corn cultivation was started on a small scale with 50 farmers, which was successful, the crop would be ready in two months.

Activities and Achievements: –

1.Banke Bazaar Mahila Vikas Producer Company Limited has received 50 Nutritious Garden Kits on April 2022 which were given to 50 farmers. In October 2022, work was done on Nutritious Garden with 348 farmers.

2. Lemongrass soap and phenyl – After receiving training, the work of making soap and phenyl from lemongrass oil was started by FPC.

3. Mushroom production – FPC shareholder member was given training on butter, oyster and milky white mushroom by Rajesh Kumar Singh, Buddha Mushroom, after which mushroom cultivation was done with 200 farmers in 2022 and with 300 farmers in 2023. This crop, which is quite good from the profit point of view, can double one’s income in three months if it is done well.

4. Baby Corn – Baby corn cultivation was started by 50 farmers and a good feedback was received from the farmers due to which FPC will make baby corn cultivation as a business in future.

5. Two trainings on Moong were conducted, the first training was conducted with 25 farmers and the second training was conducted with 35 farmers and Moong cultivation was done using modern methods by 50 farmers.

6. Two trainings for Marua cultivation have been done with 50 farmers for Marua cultivation and for wheat cultivation with 51 farmers and for onion cultivation it has been done with 53 farmers and for Mentha cultivation Has been done with 18 farmers. Sesame cultivation was done with 36 farmers in 2022 and with 130 farmers in 2023.

7. Boring – The government department gave two motor pump sets to the community through FPC for irrigating the fields. The community contributed Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 1,20,000 and an individual farmer who had planted Boring Vihargaani contributed Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 1,00,000.

  8. Lemongrass Processing – Lemongrass cultivation was done by Bankebazar FPC in 20 acres in Vihargani with 20 farmers and after its harvesting, lemongrass oil was extracted from the lemongrass processing unit and used in making various things. Seeing this demonstration, 20 acres of farming was done by the Agriculture Department through FPC in Bela and the Banke Bazar FPC was given a soap making plant by the Agriculture Department and a building was given along with it. The Chief Minister went to inspect the lemongrass farm in Bela village and after seeing the stall of Bankebazar FPC in Bela village, he appreciated everything made by the FPC women.

9. Food Kit – Bankebazar FPC has started a new initiative in the form of food kit so that there is food security and through this initiative, ration for the month is available to the poor farmers and no member goes hungry without food. Stay.

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District level workshop on Agriculture and water resources chaired by chairman of Zilla Parishad at Pakur, Jharkhand

On Wednesday(28/09/2023), a one-day district level workshop program on agriculture and water resources was organized in the soul auditorium of Joint Krishi Bhawan Pakud in NITI Aayog’s aspirational district Pakud, in collaboration with ITC Mission Sunhra Kal, sister organization Sarv Seva Samiti Sansthan, and District Agriculture Officer. It was done under the auspices of which was presided over by Pakur District Council President Madam Christina Julie Marandi. In the program, District Agriculture Officer, Soil Scientist of KVK, chaired by Zilla Parishad inaugurated the training by lighting the lamp. After inaugurating the District Council Chairperson said that Pakur district being an aspirational district of Niti Aayog, Jharkhand Government is working very diligently in the interest of the farmers and also the government is present to take the agricultural welfare schemes to all the farmers. Appealed to all agricultural extension workers. District Agriculture Officer said that Pakur district being an aspirational district of NITI Aayog, ITC Mission Sunhra has been doing various types of work in the interest of farmers by coordinating with various departments of the government in agriculture and allied sectors for the last four years and since 2018. For example, to enhance the capacity of farmers, modules on different types of crops are being prepared, training, demonstration and publicity work of agricultural welfare schemes run by the government is being done among the farmers, due to which the farmers are getting special benefits. Now there is a need for all the departments to make maximum coordination among themselves and work on all the public welfare schemes to 100 percent reach of the farmers in the interest of the farmers.

Main points of the workshop

1) Knowledge empowerment

2) Natural resource management 3) Livelihood diversification 4) Institutional support

5) Sharing knowledge on pilot schemes like toilet compost, solar power generation, mushroom cultivation, natural farming.

To make the objectives of this workshop program successful, all the district level agriculture and related officers, block agriculture officers of Pakur district also participated in the LWBTM ATM workshop. Senior Regional Manager of Sarva Seva Samiti Sanstha, Debanjan Chakraborty, District Coordinator Amit Kumar Saha discussed the above topic in detail through PPT and gave training. Also, how all the departments can increase the income of the farmers by coordinating with each other on the interest of the farmers. And there was a discussion on how the farmers can become self-reliant and how modern technology and all the government schemes can be delivered to the farmers from the district level to the village level and a framework was also prepared on it, and its monitoring, reporting, data sharing. For this, a monitoring committee was formed under the chairmanship of the Agriculture Officer, along with which a route map was also prepared for correct reporting. Besides, all the scheme linkages of agriculture and related departments and for publicity related to agriculture were also made available to the farmers through awareness campaigns. There was also a discussion to create awareness through the medium, so that all the farmers of the district get correct information about all the schemes of the government, and by joining the government scheme, they can increase the income of their family and make their family self-reliant.

District Coordinator of Sarva Seva Samiti Sanstha, Amit Kumar Saha, appealed to everyone present to emphasize on how all the departments can coordinate with each other for the benefit of the farmers, so that the income of the farmers can increase and the farmers can become self-reliant. Also, how from the district level to the village level He appealed to do all the work on a single framework so that modern technology and all the schemes of the government can be implemented up to the farmer level so that in the coming few days, Pakur district can come out of the aspirational district and the farmers can become self-reliant. Also, advanced agriculture can be done. Methods like direct sowing of crops, zero tillage sowing, crop planning, seed selection, seed treatment, seed germination, timely sowing, proper management and use of water, balanced use of fertilizers, weed control, diseases and kits. Appealed to disseminate information about control, timely harvesting, proper storage and sale at good prices to the farmers.

  District Agriculture Officer said that now the Agriculture Department is always trying to help the farmers. You should cooperate with the Agriculture Department and try to reach the benefits of all the agricultural welfare schemes run by the government to the right farmers like KCC, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Scheme, seed distribution, loan waiver scheme, agricultural equipment, drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation, paddy procurement scheme, crop relief scheme etc. The district coordinator of the organization said that due to lack of proper information about new technology or organic POP for advanced agricultural development, farmers are unable to earn the expected profits even after working hard. Keeping this in mind, our organization has prepared POP modules for various crops and through the same module, it is trying to reach the farmers by coordinating with the Agriculture Department, Atma, JSLPS so that the farmers can get the correct information about advanced farming. By adopting it, we can increase our production and also increase our family’s income and make our family self-reliant. He said that our organization is working diligently for every social activity along with agricultural development. Various public welfare works are being carried out especially for the sustainable development of small and provincial farmers, women and Paharia communities. Apart from this, they are also working on various public welfare schemes of the government so that they can reach all the beneficiaries. So that within the coming one year, Pakur can come out of Akanchi district and the daily living standard of the farmers can improve. On the occasion, District Council Chairmanship, District Agriculture Officer, KVK Scientists, District Horticulture Officer along with all the Block Agriculture Officers, District level officers of Agriculture and all related departments, Regional Head of the organization Debanjan Chakraborty, District Coordinator Amit Kumar Saha, Field Coordinator Anoop Mandal, Musleuddin Ansari, etc. were present.

Interaction with the beneficiaries in Minapur, Muzaffarpur

Visiting beneficiaries under the LIC Housing Finance Limited (LIC HFL) project can be a rewarding experience, as it allows to connect with individuals or families who have benefitted from LIC HFL’s housing finance services. After that they share the feedback and any issues raised during the visit with LIC HFL’s team.

Empowering Maha Dalit Farmers Through Vegetable Seedling Production

Empowering Maha Dalit Farmers Through Vegetable Seedling Production

This case study sheds light on the inspiring story of Maha Dalit farmers who have found empowerment and improved livelihoods through growing vegetable seedlings. It explores the challenges faced by Maha Dalit communities and how they have leveraged their skills and resources to engage in seedling production. The study highlights their journey, including the steps involved in seedling cultivation, and the impact on their socio-economic conditions. This case study serves as an example of how marginalized communities can create sustainable livelihood opportunities through agriculture.

Kalo Devi, a small and marginal farmer who have less than 3 Kathha of land, living in a small hamlet of Dighasin village, Bankey Bazar, Gaya. She lived along with her husband and ___son and ___daughter in her home. Her husband has been working as a farm labour in village. They have two goats as well. They are also growing vegetables in their small piece of land. The family’s annual income is around Rs.12,000. Daily wages and earning from vegetables growing are the main means of livelihood for them. They are experiencing high levels of poverty, with limited access to income-generating opportunities.

They have been facing social exclusion and discrimination based on their caste identity. They often endure marginalization, restricted access to education, healthcare and other public services, and limited participation in decision-making processes. They have also limited access to essential resources such as land, water, and credit. This restricts their ability to engage in agricultural activities or start entrepreneurial ventures.

The lack of skill development opportunities further perpetuates the socio-economic challenges faced by them. Without adequate skills, they may struggle to secure stable employment or engage in income generating activities. This communities often face limited access to social security benefits and welfare programs designed to alleviate poverty and provide support during emergencies.

Our Interventions & Process Followed:

  1. Selection of Farmers: We have established 30 polyhouses in our project areas, out of which 18 in Bankey Bazar. We identified all the farmers (i.e., 18 for setting up polyhouse for nursery) in village/FPCG level meetings where all the members participated in the selection of farmer for polyhouse nursery. Following were the criteria for selection of farmers:
  • Those who have less than 3 kathha of land
  • Those who mostly depends on wages for their livelihood
  • Women ownership
  • Willingness and commitment
  • Social inclusion and equity
  1. Capacity building and Skill Development: To enhance their agricultural skills such as vegetable seedlings production including technical guidance and best practices, we have organized couple of trainings (in batches) for cadres and then cadres use to train farmers on regular interval and based on their needs at Farmer Field School (FFS) and also providing hand holding support. In this process, Mr. Yashwant Singh (a senior consultant, Agri-entrepreneur) helped the team on regular basis.
  2. Site Selection and Planning: We have selected sites and did plan as follows:
  • Factors to consider when selecting a suitable site for the polyhouse such as availability of land, water, and other important factors.
  • Designing the polyhouse layout and infrastructure – The polyhouses are in 10*10 sq. feet size. Two Zalkunds (water tank) are over there for irrigation purpose in each polyhouse.
  1. Procurement and Installation: This involved the following steps:
  • Procurement of necessary materials, equipment’s, and infrastructure for the polyhouse
  • Construction of polyhouse structure and setting up irrigation system
  • Ensured compliance with safety and environmental standards
  1. Crop selection and Cultivation:
  • We selected suitable vegetable crops to develop seedlings such as chilly, brinjal, and tomato for polyhouse based on market demand and feasibility.
  • We also discussed with them around crop management techniques, including planting, irrigation, fertilization, and pest control.
  1. Regular monitoring and Handholding Support: The team along with cadres use to visit their polyhouses on regular basis for close monitoring of crops to prevent them from any pests and guide them for better outputs.

Impact on Livelihoods:

The farmer (Kalo Devi) prepared 25 such portrays of seedlings where she sold Rs.150/-per tray. Hence, she earned a total of Rs.3750/-. All these saplings were developed in one month. Now, she has been continuing this polyhouse-based nursery to earn and enhance their income. This is also somehow contributing in terms of securing food security and self-sufficiency. These small amounts may help in socio-economic improvement in terms of household well-being, education and healthcare to some extent.

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