Name of JLG: Daya
Area under cultivation: 7.5acre
Major crops: Banana, vegatables, tapioca, ginger, turmeric.
Rural indian is known for its rustic beauty and cultural life that amazes not just the subcontinent but the entire world, but it filled with stories of oppression and neglect faced by women, its not just a piece of information worth spreading, its a happening that needs to be celebrated.
Here is the succesful story of women empowerment. Dhaya is registered as jlg unit in Madavoor grama Panchayath in koduvally block in Kozhikode district.The unit members joined kudumbashree in 2004.The unit has given their life to excel their work in the field of agriculture from 2010.The journey began with the formation of jlg named DHAYA, the five members group Nadeera (sec), Subaida (pres), Raseena, Rashidha, Hajara started their life journey. Facing of many life challenges they have gained immense knowledge in the field of agriculture. All the field operation starting right from land preparation to harvest is done by group members collectively. This helps in developing a sisterhood relationship among the members.
In 2010, 5 persons joined together to do cultivation.They did vegetable cultivation in 50cents, Banana in 4acres (Nendran variety in 3acres & Mysoor variety in 1acre), tapioca in 2acres which is intercultivated with ginger and turmeric.
The major challenges they have faced were the incidence of disease and pests, lack of water in summer months, poor market conditions, lack of machinery and infrastructure etc. Block coordinator from Kudumbashree district mission under MKSP project has given valuable information about the technical and financial assistance provided by Kudumbashree (fund for machinery through FFC, loans, incentives), through the frequent support the unit was able to prepare organic fertilizers and organic products. This unit provided with 3lakhs of loan amount from union bank of Kunnamanglam branch to improve their cultivation.
The pre-onam markets, onam markets, weekly markets and local markets brought them a large opportunity to improve the sales income. They are planning to cultivate cool season crops and also thinking to extent the area of cultivation.