New Groves, New Training

Kharibari Village, India


We have been looking into options to generate additional local income for some time. One of the obstacles has been finding suitable land. Raju has almost forsaken agriculture due to the elephants which destroy his crops every season since his land is located very close to the forest. I met with him and discussed the idea of a lemon plantation instead of a paddy because elephants will typically leave lemon trees alone and, if the trees grow well, they can generate good income. So we have done a survey of his land which is nearly seven bighas in size but initially we will begin with only one bigha.   


(A Bigha is a unit of area used in India to measure large tracts of land. Exact size of a Bigha varies across states and locations. A Bigha is equal to: 1 Bigha (Kuchha) = 1008.33 sqyd. This measure is used in parts of UP, Punjab & Haryana.)


Now we are looking for lemon seedlings and went to Dhupjhora nursery but found that none were available. It was also suggested that it would be better to plant before the rainy season so that we won’t need to worry about irrigation. For now, we would like to keep the land ready.


The much-awaited Clean Toilet Award was postponed, once again, as not all members of the committee were present and it was rescheduled for the second week of February. 


We did a review meeting with some community leaders of Damdim Cluster last month where we reviewed the work done so far. Two members from Masihi Mandali are going to start mushroom farming based on the training we conducted last year.  We also discussed additional Income Generation work and decided to next conduct a training about fisheries. Five of the community leaders have their own pond, but they are incurring losses as they do not have any formal training on fisheries. I have already spoken with the officials of the Fisheries Department of Chalsa and they are ready to provide field training. Once they commit to dates, we will go ahead with Fisheries Training. 


Thank you,