Pragati Koraput- An overview
To build such a self-reliant society,
free from hunger and exploitation,
where everyone irrespective of caste,
creed, sex and language have right to
dignified means of livelihood and
through collective action ensure socio-
economic justice and ecological balance.
To facilitate and strengthen vibrant
people’s organizations at different
levels of society that will protect,
utilize, control and manage local
resources and through collective
action, ensure dynamic socio-
economic change for sustainable
development by advocating for pro-
poor governance and bring women,
children, tribals and downtrodden, to
the mainstream of the society.CORE VALUESCORE VALUES
–Transparency in all aspects.
– Commitment to render selfless service to the poor.
–Accountability to the Society.
–Work with team spirit.
–Participatory approach in all aspects.
–Sensitive towards women.
–Secular in spirit
Establishment – 26th
Geographical areas of operation
• Direct Intervention
areas- 256 villages
in 6 Blocks covering
• Forest dependent
people’s network in
14 blocks of
Koraput District in
association with 30
• Promotion of SRI
in 13 Blocks of
with 16 partner
Concerns & Issues
• Poverty & marginalization
• Undulating topography leading
to land degradation and low
• Small and marginal farmers with
low per capita income.
• Irregular monsoons and lack of
• One third of families are
landless & vulnerable
• Food insecurity and distress
• Low participation in governance
• Natural Disasters like Drought,
Landslide and Flashflood
Core Thematic areas of Intervention
• Empowerment of People’s Organisations
• Natural Resource management
• Sustainable Agriculture
• Empowerment of women & mainstreaming gender
• Disaster Risk Reduction & climate change
• Action Research & Documentation
• Working through People’ organizations
• Demonstrating utilization and management of natural
• Linkage with PRIs and line departments
• Convergence with Govt. Programmes
• Networking with NGOs and POs at local, state, national,
international level organisation.
DIVERSION BASED IRRIGATION
Rain fed Agriculture
Lack of Irrigation
Food insecurity and low income
Lack of employment opportunities Distress Migration
Scarcity of water People drink stream water, women have to walk miles
Vast patch of land lie fallow after Kharif crops
9.30% area irrigated in Kharif and 5.48% in Rabi
•To implement 50 gravity flow irrigation schemes benefiting
about 1500 families through irrigation in 400 ha land in
Kharif and 150 ha land in Rabi in Koraput District.
•Introduce appropriate irrigated agriculture and scientific
cropping practices to help the families in the command area
make best use of irrigation schemes for enhancing their
annual income by at least Rs 10,000/-.
•Demonstrate the practicability of the flow irrigation
schemes in the poverty stricken undulating and hilly regions
for poverty alleviation and economic growth.
• Community mobilisation and
• Project & Budget Sharing with
• Feasibility assessment,
• Training of staff and CRPs
• Estimation ,layout design,
• Baseline survey of land use
practices, cropping systems,
• Formation of user groups
• 10 Structures completed in 1st
year & Irrigating
318 acres of land of 216 farmers.
• 25 DBIs selected and community mobilised, which
will benefit 619 households with a potential of
irrigating 778 acres of land.
Year work completed in 6 villages and work
continuing in 17 villages.
• User Groups formed in 23 villages
• 12 No of trainings conducted for farmers on crop
planning and vegetable cultivation.
• 8 No of exposures organised for farmers.
•During Kharif Crop coverage area
was – 211.5 acres ( Vegetables- 96.5
acres, paddy-29 acres, Ragi &
millets- 41.5 acres, tuber & spice
crops- 24.25 acres, oil seeds-12
acres) of 202 farmers
•Average additional income per
farmer ranges from 2260 - 12500
•Crop coverage of Rabi – 136.3 acre
(Vegetables- 135 acres, Sweet
potato nursery- 1.3 acre) .
• 187 farmers participated in
various trainings and exposures .
•Organic farming practices adopted
by 46 farmers
•Users Groups promoted in 23 village
out of this 3 villages started
collection of maintenance fund.
•Women access water for domestic
uses in 7 villages, reducing drudgery
•Linkage with DRDA for digging of pipeline
•Banana plantation under NHM in 5 acres
•Mobilised Vermi compost units for 44
•Linkage with CTCRI for promotion of
Tuber crops in DBI areas.
•Linkage with Horticulture Dept. for Drip
•Linkage with CTCRI for solar pump
irrigation in one village.
•2 Hydro Ram in 2 villages- Irrigating
43 acres of land of 31 farmers.
• 31.5 acres of waste land put to
agriculture- farmers have earned
2260-3350 from sale of kharif crops.
22 farmers harvested orange flesh
sweet potato ( 26 to 75 kg. each) and
used for consumption
•6 landless families do share cropping
Solar Pump set irrigation-
Irrigating 17.5 acres land of 24
farmers . Average income per
acre- 22,550/- from vegetable
Stories from the field
Farmer name- Mana Khara ,
Village- Saput, GP- Balda,
Total land holding - 4 acres
Land irrigated by DBI- 2 acres
Prior land use- Only upland paddy
and Ragi in rainy season.
Land use after DBI .
Type of crop Up land paddy Cabbage Potato Brinjal Tomato Onion
Area in acres 1.5 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.2
Yield details 4.5 quintals 6.70 QNT 8 qnt
Approx. 1qnt.( still
crop in the field) not harvested
Consumption 4.5 quintals 25 Kg. 3 qnt stock 25-30 kg. 20 kg.
(sold in bulk)
(sold in bulk)
Now Mana has also planted summer crops like lady finger and ridge gourd.
Previously Mana used to only grow only paddy and ragi,only for consumption now he has diversity of
crops and for the first time he has started growing and selling vegetables. He says that due to
water in the village farmers are now growing vegetables.
StorieS from the field
• Padalput village in Chatwa Panchayat consists of 30 households. The Katnisua DBI
Project, diverting the water of Mundajholla now irrigates 19 acres land of 24
• Total cost of the project is Rs. 2,63,191 out of which beneficiary contribution is
Rs. 1,15,108 in terms of labour .
• During the Kharif 19 farmers cultivated paddy, Ragi, and vegetables like brinjal,
beans, tomato ,carrot, cabbage and chilly. ( Vegetables- 8 acres, Paddy- 5.5
acres, Ragi & millets- 1 acre, tuber and spice crops- 2 acres). ( The income ranges
from 3500- 7500) by selling crops. Now, for the first time in the current Rabi
season 14 farmers including 4 landless families have grown vegetables like
cabbage, potato, brinjal, bitter gourd in 10.5 acres. Harvest has not yet started.
• Women are now using water for domestic uses.
• Community mobilization for contribution
• Handholding support to user groups
• Skill building (Maintenance of Structure/institution)
• Conflict management
• Timely availability of resources.
• Open grazing