Facilitating Agricultural Regeneration in North East India (FARM-NORTH EAST)

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TIMELINE : April 2013 to March 2016

People Led Development Approach (PLDA) is the integral component of the programme FARM-NE, being implemented by partners in seven states of NE India (except Sikkim) supported by Caritas India. The programme focusses on income generation activities for strengthening agriculture, empowering the communities to engage with the administration for the fulfilment of their development needs.

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE : A district each in seven states of North East region, covering 189 villages, 18372 Families, altogether reaching a population of 10,4,284 people.

DEMOGRAPHIC COVERAGE : Project covers 13,434 households, covering the population of 72,236 persons, 90% of which are Scheduled Tribes

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Impact

  • After mobilisation and organsiation of farmers into Farmers’ club, and meetings for developing village micro-plans, a group of farmers from Twisakolok village, Tripura, utilized a barren piece of land with timber wood species plantation called teak (Tectona grandis L). They themselves mobilized resources for purchasing seedlings and invested their labour for preparing the field, planting 400 seedlings in 1.5 acres of land.
  • The community of Sulabhgarh village in West Tripura district came together to insist upon the administration to fulfil their long standing demands for the repair of a pump house meant for irrigation. They also built a temporary water tank within a stream to make water available for their agricultural fields.
  • The Nyishis of Tamen – III village of Arunachal Pradesh has given up to the practice of unviable and dangerous fishing by using dynamite and electricity. Through awareness, the community realised that the practice would even lead to the extinction of local fish species. Resultantly, the community has adopted a rule that prohibits such practices with heavy fines. They have also stopped fishing during the breeding season, thereby reviving the traditional method of fishing.
  • The villagers of Pagolpara village, in Tura, through collective representation to the Member of Legislative Assembly mobilized funds for repairing the ring well for water storage. About a dozen Garo tribe farmers secured Kisan Credit Card loan of INR 10, 25,000 from the public bank; and 19, 000 mango plants and 13,500 litchi saplings from NABARD (National Bank of Agriculture Rural Development) for 500 families in Tura village.
  • Around 47 farmers of Tachip village under Aizawl district of Mizoram were able to receive support for seeds and irrigation pipes upon securing farmers’ cards from filing of joint appeal to the concerned Government department. Assistance for laying fence, vegetable cultivation, check dam, and green house were among other benefits secured by the Farmers’ Clubs by submitting representations to the concerned departments.
  • A government Middle School Nkwareu village Peren district of Nagaland is functioning better as a result of periodic inspections by the members of both the Farmers’ Club and Village Council. These bodies have also mobilized funds from the Border Area Development Office (BADO) to renovate the playground for the children.
  • The community action in Digligre village in the West Garo Hills of Meghalaya, reported the concern over highly insufficient time period of learning sessions and irregularity of the teacher risking their children’s future, to the higher authorities. The following governmental actions resulted in ensuring regular presence of the teacher of for sessions at a Lower Primary school in the village.
  • The community of the Rajabari village in Jorhat district of Assam revived a traditional practice called ‘Hawri’ that involves men and women to work together for common causes. Within a month, they constructed a link road and community hall by themselves, when no response was received from the administration.