Blog: Jatapara Village

Potato Ploughing

Jatapara Village, India

 

In the month of January, we were excited about the beginning of the year. In Jatapara Village, we cultivate 30% rabi crops. Rabi crops are also known as winter crops. These are the crops that are sown at the beginning of the winter season, such as wheat, pea, and mustard.

 

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New Plough, New Seed

Jatapara Village, India

 

Last month we sowed good quality maize seed, hoping to get better yields. Usually people keep maize seed left over from the previous year of cultivation; this is the traditional way. Most of the time these stocks ended up destroyed due to a lack of care. This time we bought and sowed seeds from the seed storehouse provided by the government to see what the difference will be from the previous harvest.

 

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Medical Fund Surges

Jatapara Village, India

 

Mango plantation work, which was started in August, continued into September as well. Mangoes have been planted over an area of four acres. Drains are also being cut around the area. So far three acres have been done, while the remaining acre is expected to be completed in the first week of October. New leaves have started to grow on the saplings and they grab the attention of the villagers.

 

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Clean Water, Balanced Breakfast

Jatapara Village, India

 

During the month of August, more attention was given to plantation work, as a mango orchard is being planted for the first time. Sapling planting started last month when a 4-acre area was planted with 450 mango saplings per acre. These plants are also being fenced to protect them from animals.

 

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On Boars and Orchards

Jatapara Village, India

 

In the month of June, villagers here cultivate corn. By the time the crops are ready to harvest, wild boar destroy these crops, causing huge losses for the farmers. So this year we suggested that farmers try cultivating pigeon peas (arhar/toor) instead of corn. As the boars do not destroy these crops, there is a reduced risk of loss.

 

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Protocols and Provisions in Jatapara

Jatapara Village, India

 

Due to lockdown, our activity has been limited. We, along with the youth, banned the sale of liquor in the village. However, sellers revolted but in the end, agreed that they were breaking the rules of the lockdown.

 

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Marriage Snack Contract a Success

Jatapara Village, India

 

This month before lockdown, we discussed with the women of the group regarding the sources of income for the month of March, April and May, as selling nankeens and sev packets do not increase income quickly. In the meeting we concluded to move forward making packets of snacks for marriage and other functions of the village and neighbouring areas, as the next three to four months are the season of weddings in this area.

 

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