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Sustainable Agriculture
The priority was to develop the productivity capacity of land aimed by small & marginal farmers. In the due course, prioritized on low cost sustainable agriculture methods such as land development, cattle control, composting and introduction of bio-fertiliser for encouraging, natural farming, support for seed bank and other agriculture implements, after understanding the status and practices of agriculture through micro studies.

Meanwhile, adopted Agro forestry. It is a comprehensive approach of 4 components i.e. Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Forestry by which improved the productivity and sustainability of farm based livelihood system.

To increase the volume of production & develop socio-political situation micro planning was promoted especially in model villages by applying various PRA techniques, since most of the operational areas are drought prone: So to address the problems related to food insecurity Micro Plan has served as a tool in terms of a projected growth of a particular area.

As a step towards ensuring food security Watershed approach was taken up in 14 villages of Tikablai Block of Kandhamal district and 4 villages of M.Rampur block of Kalahandi district covering a land area of 3502.977 & 528.08 hectors of both the districts respectively. For increasing the participation of the communities various steps are taken and addressed issues related to livelihood, Forest, Minor Forest Produces(MFP), Total Literacy Campaign(TLC), Public Distribution System(PDS), Liquor, Cattle control, PRI(Panchyati Raj Institution) issues etc.

 
Quantitative Achievements
  Activities Achievements
Land developed. 2275 hects.
No. of families benefited 3021
Cattle control 250 Villages
No. of families involved in double cropping. 3800
No. of Seed banks formed 5
Varieties of local seeds stored/ quantity. 25 types/ 155 Qntl.
No. of grain banks formed 38
No. of Water Harvesting Structure established. 388
No of Irrigation well established 156
No. of irrigation ponds established. 22
No. of families benefited 5081
Land benefited through irrigation. 8710 Hect.
Horticulture plants distributed 14,50,000
No. of farmers covered 11072
Soil conservation measures taken. 2441 hact.
Land irrigated 8710 hectares
Animal husbandry 5175 units
No. of families benefited 8950
Landless got patta 670
Micro profile on agriculture 440 villages
No of compost pits 2275
No. of Watershed Association formed 12
 
Qualitative Achievements
Small & marginal farmers along with all watershed associations are successfully managing their affairs and independently handling their program activities. Practicing sustainable agriculture method i.e. compost pits, using bio-fertilizer, community farming in up-lands. Increasing nutritional food intake through kitchen gardening /Vegetable cultivation. Agro forestry beneficiaries have been benefited through variety of nursery raising and vegetable cultivation.

Created assets in terms of irrigation structure, water bodies and plantation. Besides, waste lands are converted into cultivable lands. Further, in rabi seasons cattle are controlled as a result small and marginal farmers production of food stuff is relatively increased.

“Seed Banks” have been emerged as an outcome of community farming which envisaged sustainable process of livelihood at crisis situation.

Traditional Water Harvesting Structures have been renovated/excavated in the due course and available waste lands of the poor farmers brought under cultivation and improved their volume of production. Thus, protected irrigation, provided save crop failure, increased production rate and thereby reducing indebtedness.

The identified Landless farmers have been motivated to approach Govt. for land, as a result landless have got land patta from Govt. in the operational areas.550 families were rehabilitated in cyclone hit areas to overcome the struggle for survival.

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