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Livelihood  Improvement

Livelihood Improvement Project for Himalayas (LIPH)
Nurturing of SHGs
Reduction of Women Drudgery
Income Generation
Backyard Poultry and Establishment of Mother Unit
Micro Dairy 
Polyhouse and Nursery Raising
Angoora Farming
Adoption of Technology and Peoples’ Participation
Capacity Building of the Beneficiaries
Strengthen facilities for disease diagnosis
Involvement of Panchayats in the Execution of the Project
Establishment of Village Grain Bank
Establishment of Grain Bank & Orientation of Grain Bank Members 
Training of Members of Management Committee, Field Staff and Beneficiaries

Livelihood Improvement Project for Himalayas (LIPH)  ^Top
GVK is one of partner of Gramya Vikas Samiti- a Society of Govt. of Uttarakhand implementing the Livelihood Improvement Project for Himalayas in Jaunpur block of Tehri Garhwal. The project was initiated in 5 districts covering 17 development blocks of the state. The objective of the programme is to increase sources of livelihood improvement for weaker section of the society by strengthening thrift based village level organizations. The GVK is working in 55 villages of two Nyay Panchayat- viz. Kempty and Khera, to implement the programme. Some of the important activities conducted are -

Nurturing of SHGs  ^Top

Around 80% families in the 55 project villages have been organized in the 81 Self Help Groups with 910 members. A federal cooperative of SHGs has also been formed in Khera Naya Panchayat. So far, 48 SHGs in both Khera and Kempty Naya Panchayats have been promoted for CCL by the banks. They are getting loan from the banks to undertake income generation activities. Various training and demonstration programs on agricultural and seed practices, health module and occupational literacy were being organized with the help of UPASAC and line departments. Two meetings in a month were held regularly to discuss performance of the groups. The work and financial statement of the SHGs is being audited properly.

Reduction of Women Drudgery  ^Top

In order to reduce fodder and farm related drudgery, activities like cultivation of napier grass, vermi composting, introduction of SRI method for paddy transplantation etc.  were planned and are being implemented in a phased manner.

Tuffs of Napier species of grass were distributed to farmer families in some villages of Kempty area, who used to transplant them on barren land and field boundaries. These practices have shown greater impacts as now women need not to move far away for fodder especially at the time of milk collection in the evening.

Income Generation ^Top

Backyard Poultry and Establishment of Mother Unit  ^Top

Backyard poultry is one of small income generation activities that can bring some additional cash to family’s economy. Under the LIPH program, 2 mother units in Kempty area and 51 poultry house have been established with the propose to provide 21 days old chickens of croyler breed to the beneficiaries of backyard poultry. So, far more than 100 families are rearing more than 3000 chicks. Prior to this, a training program on management of poultry was organized to the beneficiaries.  

Micro Dairy  ^Top
Sale of milk and milk products under micro dairy is another useful income generation activity being conducted in the program area. The diary is managed by SHGs.

Beekeeping ^Top
Honey production is an economical viable activity if undertaken in a scientific manner. Farmers have already exercising this practice of collecting honey from native bees traditionally for several years. Under LIPH program interested farmers were trained and equipped with the accessories for bee keeping.

Polyhouse and Nursery Raising ^Top
In the program area polyhouses were developed at individual level to promote farmers for nursery raising and producing off-season vegetable. Demonstrative training was given to the farmers prior to adopting this activity.

Angoora Farming  ^Top
The program was initiated with the help of Seed Division, Department of Science and Technology, Delhi in Mohana, Sujau and Sawara villages of Chakrata block, Dehradun district to introduce the concept of scientific and planned breeding, rearing and record management in the field of Angora rabbit production. The main objectives of the programme is :

  • To organize training program in the field of Angora rabbit breeding and rearing, shearing, feeding, management, disease control and treatment, wool production and processing so that women and educated unemployed youth can take up this profession and traditional farmers can supplement their income.

  • To establish Angora rabbit units at farmer household level in hilly and tribal areas of Chakrata Blcok in District Dehradun for the economic upliftment of economically deprived sections of the community.

  • To strengthen facilities for disease diagnosis and improving the quality of concentrate feed, to ensure quality health care and quality feed availability to the Angora rabbit breeders on regular basis.

  • To set up facilities for product and design development, product diversification with the help of fashion designers, reputed fashion designing institutes having specialization in the relevant field.

  • To develop new packages of practices in the field of natural dyeing, with local material and also to standardize the quality of dyeing even for bulk orders.

 The activities conducted under the program are described below.

Adoption of Technology and Peoples’ Participation  ^Top

To ensure the participation of local Communities at its optimal level Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) such as Self Help Groups, Mahila and Yuvak Mangal Dals  and Sayana (Tribal leader) were mobilized to participate in project. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) exercises were done for understanding the community institutions. As the area have a tradition of informal cooperatives for marketing of minor forest produces, fruits and vegetables thus attempts were made to get associated with the leaders of these groups.

Capacity Building of the Beneficiaries ^Top

Training programs on Angora rabbit rearing, Angoora wool spinning, weaving and designing were conducted for the hill farmers of Chakrata block. Technical assistance has been taken from University of Horticulture and Forestry, Ranichauri, District Tehri and CSWRI, Garsa, Kullu and quality germplasm was imported from NTRS Garsa, Kullu, District Himanchal Pradesh. Local Veterinary hospital contacted for availing the health and rearing care aspects.

Strengthen facilities for disease diagnosis  ^Top

Some of the women associated with the program feel that it’s easy to be engaged in spinning & knitting as it is helping them to get rid of overburden of other heavy labor intensive works which may result into good health of them. Problems faced & remedial measures adopted are regularly shared/ discussed in meetings with Farmers /SHG. Visit of Veterinary experts is being conducted on monthly basis. Farmers are motivated to adopt locally available quality fodder and millet grown in the area.

Involvement of Panchayats in the Execution of the Project  ^Top

Panchayat infrastructure used to develop as common facility centre. Loom has been established in Panchayat Ghar. Selection of the beneficiaries in a community wide meeting presided by Pradhan. Sharing of progress with Panchayat formally & informally.

Establishment of Village Grain Bank ^Top
In order to ensure food and nutritional security of the vulnerable section of the community, the Garhwal Vikas Kendra has taken up to facilitate village grain bank scheme of Govt. of India under World Food Program of United Nations. The main objective of the scheme is to provide sustainable household food security during the period of natural calamity or during lean season. At initial stage, this one year long scheme involves establishment and management of 55 grain banks in most food insecure 5 blocks of Uttarkashi, Tehri and Dehradun districts of the Uttarakhand. A total 55 villages are to be covered under the scheme. The village pradhan was elected as the chairperson of village grain bank executive committee for effective participation and management of grain banks. So far, following activities were conducted under this program.

Establishment of Grain Bank & Orientation of Grain Bank Members   ^Top

Village Grain Banks were established and village level orientation program for members of Village Grain Bank were organized in all villages of block Jaunpur, Purola, Naugaon, Chakrata and Mori. Grain Bank Executive Committee members and Village Grain Bank beneficiaries were participated in the orientation program. The objective of this orientation was to discuss the need and importance of the village grain bank. A guideline was formulated and distributed among the members to effective management of the program.

Training of Members of Management Committee, Field Staff and Beneficiaries ^Top

Training of Members of Management Committee was organized under Village Grain Bank. Need and importance of such bank, eligibility criteria and management strategy and keeping records through maintenance of documents like meeting register, stock register, pass book and request application were the main subject of discussion during these training.



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