‘JEVA’ to monitor Joint Liability Groups; 70,652 JLGs undertaking cultivation in 43,774 hectare of land Updated On 2017-07-01
In 2011, Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) was launched in Kerala as a sub component of Nation Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) with the objectives of increasing the visibility of women in agriculture, reducing drudgery and providing livelihood opportunities by adopting sustainable and eco-friendly agriculture. Till then, the lack of resources, skills and knowledge were leading rural women to accept menial jobs for meagre salary. Through the intervention of Joint liability groups (JLG), Kudumbashree tries to address these issues by collectivising the rural women to undertake lease land farming and they are encouraged to become first time farmers from peasants.
JLG is a group of four to ten women, coming together to undertake agriculture as part of their livelihood. They lease the lands from land owners and start cultivation based on the local resource availability. Lease land farming and collective farming as intervention was started in 2003-04, which over the years has achieved various milestones. Presently there are more than 70,652 Joint liability groups undertaking cultivation in 43,774 hectare of land. As the project has grown over the years, the number of JLG and area under cultivation has increased, however the limited resources at the staff level often resulted in reduced monitoring of this many groups. In order to overcome this challenge, community level evaluation agents named as JEVA (JLG evaluation agents) were instituted in 2017, as part of this programme, 605 women master farmers were selected through a rigorous selection procedure to create this evaluation team. 4 JEVA members are in charge of each of the 152 blocks of Kerala. These agents physically verify the cultivation of the JLG and provide the necessary inputs for farming group. Presently more than 50620 JLG has been evaluated by the JEVA agent by visiting their farm lands.