This blog is dedicated to the People Led Development (PLD) approach in development sector. The blog reflects PLD stories and experiences from the fields of North East (NE) India, a repository of several ethnic groups with unique tradition and culture.
PLD is the integral component of a project titled Facilitating Agriculture Regeneration (FARM) in North East India. FARM is being implemented by partners in 7 states of NE India except Sikkim and supported by Caritas India.
Monday, 13 July 2015
PLANTATION...THE FARMERS' WAY
Development (PLD) sets in a classic example of community going for a plantation
in their village area under FARM North East. Jana Unnayanan Samiti Tripura
(JUST), Agartala has successfully motivated people not only for a plantation but also to
be self dependent. Build up of confidence level among the community has resulted in a beautiful story.
The members of
the farmers’ club of Twisakolok village, near Agartala in Tripura were mulling
on different ideas & prospects for raising their income. The month of April
2015 saw them all sitting together in discussing options for raising income. “We had many ideas coming up while thinking of ways & means to raise our income. Some thought
of a grocery shop, while some thought of poultry farms or vegetable cultivation
in groups but all that required a fair amount of investment”, said Ms.
Shambhucharan at the Plantation Plot
Debbarma, the president of the farmers’ club however, had a different idea. He
proposed plantation of Teak (Tectona
grandis L.) a high value timber species or rubber (Ficus elastica Roxb.) in patches of land that were lying unused in
the village. “We can earn by utilizing
the waste land” said Shambucharan. The members once made known about the
idea seemed to be in agreement. However, it was decided that they would go
for Teak rather than rubber as cost for the seedling of the former are cheaper. “We decided that we would contribute for
the Teak seedlings as we did not intend to depend on anyone” said a seemingly confident Ms.
Kiran Debbarma. The member
purchased the seedlings from nearby Khowai by at Rs. 7/- per piece. It
was then just a matter of time when they cleared a plot of a little more than 1.5
acres (4 Kani) & carried out the plantation of 400 Teak
seedlings April 2015. The farmers’ club has carried out the plantation in a
group & would share the benefits at the right time.
Team JUST with the Farmers' Club
It was not just
all. The farmers' club has more plans in store. Hiren Debbarma happily shared
that they are planning to purchase a
land of one Mantu Debbarma of Dumrakari village. “We intend to utilize this piece of waste land as well for more such
plantations” said a smiling Hiren.
Team JUST as usual was continuously supporting the farmers' club in all possible ways towards its noble mission. “It was encouraging
for us to see that the Twisakolok farmers’ club has taken up such a noble
initiative” said Mantu Debbarma, team member, FARM NE (JUST). Team JUST more importantly requested the farmers’ club to build 100%
ownership of such initiative as it is not just about planting but also about maintaining & taking care.
village today wears a new look with its community making a beginning not only
against climate change also income generation.
Contributed by: Vincent Debbarma, JUST, Agartala
Edited by: Prabal Sen, Caritas India, Caritas India