MissionMission of Grameen Sahara is to promote a largenumber of sustainable livelihoods for the poor andwomen from rural, semi urban and urban areasthrough provision of Livelihood support services,financial and Technical assistance and othersupport services in an integrated manner.
Projects • Golden Weavers’ project,Programs • Diversion Based Irrigation Project, • Microfinance program,Programs • System of Rice Intensification Promotion, • Asian Mud Eel project,Programs • CML Project.
Status of the projects DBI project Villages: 13 District: 2 Block: 5 Farmers: 1451 SRI Project: District: 2 Farmers: 2200 Block: 7 Village: 86 CML Project: Working with five hundred organizations in the region
What is Diversion Based Irrigation~It is a process of harnessing the natural flow ofwater under the gravitational force for providingwater in the agricultural fields at the downstreamareas without doing any damage or loss to thesource and forest property.~Utilizing the gravitational force without any liftmechanism~No input of external energy like electricity andother fuel~Environment friendly
ObjectivesTo make the farm land suitable for kitchengardening and other agriculture practicesTo provide irrigation facilities to 4 (9 villages infirst phase and 4 in second phase) number ofvillages covering 400 small and marginal farmers;To increase food security for the farm families;To create awareness about SRI and other modernand scientific method of cultivation, encouragingfarmers to adopt multi cropping practices.
Primary Beneficiaries:1) Marginal farmers from 4 ((+4) villages are the primary beneficiaries.2)The targeted farmers belong to ST mainly Rabha, and a few familiesbelong to OBC .
Base line indicators The villagers have been already using the water from the springs carrying manually for small agricultural activities as well as for their domestic purposes; Most of the farmers have no income from the rabi crop cultivation such as potato, tomato, brinjal, mustard, chili etc. ; Practice of kitchen gardening is in very small scale; There is no water user group and the groups formed will be in existence to take up maintenance activities as well; Around 60% farmers have less than sufficient food grain production from his agricultural land during the year and the provision of water will increase the food sufficiency level; Increase in production will be an indicator for the project;
Pipe Laying and Fitting• In this process the Executive Director of DBI secretariat Mr. Sanjay Kr. Ray trained the members of WUG including the members of DBI Team of Grameen Sahara and the jobs have been completed by the members of the WUG’s
Providing and Fixing Outlet• The trained members of WUG’s have performed this job and fixed all the outlets including necessary fittings where required• The out lets have been fixed as per decision of the members of the WUG’s
Expected outcomes As mentioned in the objectives of the project the expected outcomes are-• The marginal farmers will be benefited by increased in production in their kitchen garden .• Nutritious food will be available in their kitchen garden .• Fair distribution of water among all the farmers for better productivity• Adoption of scientific practice when water supply will be assured in their agricultural land• Increase in production in their kitchen garden• SRI practice will be adopted by the farmers• Water will be available for drinking for domestic animals
Formation of WUGs Sl. No. Village No. of groups No. of members 1 Balijuri 3 39 2 Andheri 1 10 3 Barmohora 4 46 4 Upper Muduki 4 35
Agricultural intervention Introduction of kitchen gardening has been successful. In Balijuri and Barmohora village farmers have started the cultivation of Rabi crop (Potato, tomato, cabbage. Radish, turnip, carrot, pumpkin, chili, etc. ) Mustard was another crop adopted by a few farmers. So, in a sense multi cropping system was introduced. Beneficiaries have also been linked to credit facility under this project for agricultural purpose.
Other supports:• As per demand of the WUG’s they have been supplied some seeds of a few different rabi crops .• Training on manufacturing of bio fertilizer.• Tried to make Popular the cultivation of banana and other horticultural crops
In Training Programme Training on Diversion Based Irrigation Organized by Livolink Foundation, Bhubaneswar 9th Sept’2011 to 12th sept’2011 21 nos. of representatives of different NGO’s participated .
Organizing awareness & training• Various training programs were organized at different villages in the project areas,• Exposure programs were organized by Livolink foundation Bhubaneswar for the trainees from different DBI partners.
Year wise coverageParticulars Year-1 Year-2 Year-3No. of Location 1 4 5No. of farmers covered under DBI 1750 2026 2098Area covered (Acre) 500 583 623No. of farmers adopted SRI in the project 279 456 472areaLength of the system (Canal) in Mtr. 4500 4500 4500Length of the system (Pipe) 0 4250 6425Outlet Provided (EA) 62 98+25Production (Paddy) increased (Times) 1.5 1.3 1.3Production (Vegetables) increased (Times) 65 80 60
Achievements 57 marginal farmers have been benefited by adopting multi cropping system in their kitchen garden. Fair distribution of water among the farmers for better productivity. Adoption of scientific practice (SRI) by the farmers. Water is available for domestic purposes also.
Challenges• Covered only a few families of the locations nearer to the sources out of more than one hundred families at each location, having similar kind of requirement for water and therefore, not getting this facility they may damage at any part of the pipe system or they may involve in conflict at any time with them who are getting this facility.• Deforestations;-Continue deforestation (By the local people or by outsiders)Since the mountainous springs are the source of this project, continue deforestations nearby the catchment area may badly impact on it.• Farmers are with very very much with traditional practice and there is no concept in multi-cropping practice;• Over all interest of farmers in agriculture is decreasing.