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Green dream of a group of women Updated On 2017-11-25

District : Kozhikode

Name of JLG : Oruma

Total No. of Members : 5

Name of members : Beena Madol, Radha, K, Sarojini, Cheeru P.V, Beena k

Affiliation number : G110307/03/10/16

Block : Kunnummal

Panchayath : Velom

Total area of cultivation: 12 acres

In this era all commodity products have many sort of poisoned arrows mainly in vegetable cultivation. Through this phrase from Velom panchayath, a bestowed village in Kozhikode district, a group of ladies including 5 women who gathered and think about organic farming. We know in every aspect of group is mainly lay on one hand that is Beena Madol, who is the master leader of this massive group, and they perpetually think that there is no use to be idle and round on the cabin of kitchen in their houses, after all ladies shows us how to get empowered by one and each through Kudumbashree, Kudumbashree cut the right path towards them.

This group was formed in 2010 and they were concentrating in goat farming. Then they decided to expand their work in vegetable cultivation also. Presently they are cultivating banana in 2.5 acres of land, rice in 5 acres, turmeric in 2 acres, elephant foot yam in 2 acres, vegetable in 50 cents which they are getting ready to extend to 5 acres. They will start cultivating rice in 12 acres of land from next season. Vegetables they are cultivating include bhendi, brinjal, cowpea, snake gourd, ash gourd, bitter gourd, chilli, amaranth etc. For all these crops they are using high yielding variety seeds only. In addition to that they are using biocontrol agents like Pseudomonas and Trichoderma, organic manures like vermicompost, neem cake, cowdung slurry, farm yard manure, EM compost, fish and fish amino acid, jeevamrutham etc. They are much aware about the new techniques in agriculture sector and they are practicing it in the field. For integrated disease and pest management, they use different types of traps, cultural practices, biofertilizers, tobacco decoction, papaya leaf extract etc. In addition to this, they are using Red ant, Oecophylla smaragdina in their field to manage the insect pests in cowpea which is an indigenous technical knowledge in Malabar area. It is a proven augmentative biological control. This group is running a goat farm very successfully in which they are following broiler goat farming method developed by KVK Peruvannamuzhi. They are experts in mushroom cultivation, dairy farming, poultry etc also.

Support from Kudumbashree:

Kudumbashree District mission has sanctioned and disbursed area incentive and interest subsidy eligible to them which helps them to improve the farming activities.

Awards received:

Aspi research and development foundation- National award for est vegetable farming group- second best group – 2012, Velom Krishibhavan- Best JLG award - 2012, 2013, Best master farmer- Beena Madol-2013,Velom Panchayath- Best JLG award - 2015, Kudumashree District Mission - Best JLG Award in ‘Nattupacha’ Pre onam market 2017

Farming - A passion of Bhagyashree JLG Updated On 2017-11-24

District : Idukki

Name of the JLG: Bhagyashree

Total number of members: 4

Name of the members: Tessy Joseph, Sindhu Vijayan, Danny george and Seeja Shaji

Block: Idukki

Panchayat: Mariayapuarm

Four women farmers named Tessy Joseph, Sindhu Vijayan, Danny george and Seeja Shaji, from Mariyapuram village, were interested in farming, and were doing farming individually as their own till 2010.They had no enough land and some let the land fallow as they didn’t have enough funds to invest on the land and also all the work had to be done almost single-handedly. At the time NABARD has introduced interest subsidy schemes and incentive, put forth the condition that to register as Kudumbashree JLGs. These four people registered as Bhagyashree JLG in 15 October 2010 with UID number MGP/II/ 752 at Mariyapuram panchayat of Idukki block.

After registered as JLG they started to cultivate at an area of 0.5 acres with crops tapioca and beans. For the capital investment they took loan of amount 100000 from IDCB bank, Vazhathoppu branch for the purposes like land leasing, buying motor etc., The major initial constraints were weather aberrations, shortage of water, lack of scientific knowledge about organic farming etc., they overcame the difficulties by avoidance of high water requiring crop like rice in upland, water sheds are made for water harvesting, adoption of the use of green manure and vermi –compost as well as adoption of organic disease and pest management technics. When they started growing in large scale, neighbouring vegetable vendors came to know about their produce and quality of the vegetable grown in the field. Hence the vendors came to their place and purchased the produce.

They value more in producing healthy food and living a healthy life, than making money out of farming. With this objective in mind presently they are cultivating, tapioca and banana in 1 acre area, turmeric- 10 cents, coleus and yam- 10 cents, grow bag cultivation 60 in number, organically.

Trainings provided from Kudumbashree were very helpful in gathering new scientific technologies in agriculture. Interest subsidies were provided for loan amount of total 4 lakhs, JLG incentive was provided. Also the outlets for produce are provided as nattuchanda.

Bhagyashree received best JLG award for the conduct of pre onam markets.

Haritham Organic Fertilizer Unit Updated On 2017-11-23

Alappuzha District

Pandanad CDS

Products: Organic Fertilizers and Pesticides

WE, Shobha Pramod, Sharika Omankkuttan, Ajitha Sajeesh, Bindhu Sunil and Rajitha Ajith are the 5 women entrepreneurs who are stepping up to show as we have the appetite, skills and vision to take a shot at scaling our young venture Haritham Organic Fertilizer Unit. We are the members of different NHG groups from Alappuzha District in Pandanad CDS. Our turning point was the training class conducted by Kudumbasree at Mulakkuzha, Chenganoor block on the topic Production of Organic Fertilizer. Before going to this training, we were not aware of most of the organic farming activities and also about organic fertilizer, but after the session we learned more facts regarding the relationship between land and farming. After the training we were all set to start our own new venture. The passion for success made us a together; even we were from different NHGs.

At the initial stage of setting up of the unit each of us invested Rs. 1000. This investment was made realizing the fact that if the required expenditures could not be allocated together or could not afford to pay the money if required for further development. In the initial phase, we have encountered minor difficulties but now we are capable of overcoming those proficiently and made our way better. Now we have a better market and we were able to earn RS 25000 within a short span of time. We charge the price based on the current market rates. We are all in an effort to move on with the latest innovations and extend our market.

Members with us are NREGA, when the unit becomes even more advanced; they are even ready to give up the job in NREGA inorder to glorify the unit. Apart from selling to Kudumbasree JLGs, we are also marketing throughout the district. We are also collecting and distributing cow dung powder and urine.

India consumes 500 lakh tonnes of chemical fertiliser and 320 lakh tonnes of indigenous fertiliser every year. But the organic route is still a faraway dream in India. It can only begin when the chemical distribution lobby is broken and group like Haritham get all the support they need for going green.

Organic Farming Updated On 2017-11-22

Name of the JLG: SURYA PRABHA

District : Kollam

Total number of Members: 5

Name of The Members: Reena, Deepa, Lali, Sheela, Ambili

Block: Chadayamangalam

Panchayat: Kadakkal

Total Area of cultivation: 4 Acres

Major crops: Rice, Banana, Tubers, Tapioca, Vegetables

Success Wheel of Determined - Surya Prabha - an example for many

Surya Prabha JLG is now a real exemplary evidence for determination, hard work and team spirit. They aimed mainly on the wasteland farming and organic agricultural practice. They always strive hard to provide healthy and pesticide free food materials to the families and the society. They started their first step in a 25 cent land with the plantain and beans as primary crop with tapioca as a support crop. Soon they could found the results of their hard work and could harvest their yield. They could sell their plantain for 55 per kilo grams and it boost their confidence and self respect. Again they plant the Yam (Chena) and taro (Chembu) as Intercropping and this too seems to be beneficial and economical.

With the support of the nearby cattle farmers, they could procure the bio manures and could use these for the additional manure need and also to yield a higher result. They seek the support from the District Mission, Kollam to receive machineries to make their work simpler and the machines included the Paddy seeder, weed cutter, sprayer and so on. With the support of these machineries, they spread their cultivation into another 30 cent. They planted paddy on these 30 cents. These machineries simplifies their human effort and also it appeared to be financially viable for them as it reduce the expenditure as wages to a great extent.

Despite being a support to their livelihood and the family, they provide an additional helping hand to the society and for other who are passionate in doing agriculture. They provided the support as lessons and new seedlings to whoever genuinely approached them and they inspired others to produce the healthy and uncontaminated vegetables and also to use these pure things and spread the message for the same. Apart from these, they also have started poultry, diary and fish cultivation in a small scale, likely to extend to a large scale one. They also do bee keeping obtaining high quality, authentic honey. They also look forward to start a diary farm and also to produce value added product out of milk.

The success story of Surya Prabha is a model for the upcoming farmers as it clearly depicts how a strong will can transform the life of poor women to a real example. This is the way where the nature interacted with the life of humans. It shows that everyone can contribute their part to the success of one’s life and what is needed is a dream- a dream to make a mark in the future to come. Surya Prabha, as its name rightly say create a Light in the Darkness of the lives of many and also show the light to a society by leading a path to the Nature friendly, sustainable practice to follow in life.

Support from Kudumbashree

They received support like area incentives, production incentives, bank linkage, interest subsidies and training which help them to improve their farming activities. They sell their products in Kudumbashree weekly market, VFPCK, open markets and Krishi Bhavan Markets.

Awards

Received Kudumbashree best JLG award in 2015, 2016. Best JLG award from Grama Panchayat.

Maa Natural Food Products Updated On 2017-11-21

Name of Enterprise : MAA Natural Food Products, PULARI JLG

District : Kasaragod

Year of Formation : 13.03.2017

Total Amount of Project cost :13Lakh

Bank Loan :10 Lakh

Gramapanchayath subsidy : 3 Lakh

Sales turn Over : 1365000

Average Monthly sales turn Over : 7 lakh

Products : Turmeric Powder, Pathiri Powder, Chili Powder, Pepper Powder, Rice flour, Atta, Ediyappam powder, coconut Oil, Tea Powder, Pickle

`The food-processing unit plays a vital role in economic development and has potential to meet the local needs and export requirements. It helps in processing agricultural products such as field crops, pulses, horticultural crops, livestock converting them to edible and other usable forms. Most important point in the food-processing, of is that a sizeable portion of raw material processed in them being rural based it has a very high employment potential with significantly lower investment. Further the value addition generates new demand on the farm sector for more and different agricultural outputs, which are more suitable for processing.

Natural Food Product is a micro enterprise unit of pulari jlg registered and functioning under Panathady FFC. The jlg group pulari started cultivation of food crops such as turmeric, ginger, tapioca and vegetables since 2015. They faced many difficulties in harvest period especially to market their products. They met Panchyth authority and present their problems especially in marketing issue.. After the discussion with VEO and Panchayath authorities jlg members planned to start farm based value addition unit and submitted the proposal. Panchayath and the CDS assist the women farming groups in obtaining infrastructure support and enhancing their accessibility in the main factor of production. The unit got final approval and initial investment availed from bank. Food processing mill started brand name called MAA products. Three other jlg groups namely Navageevan, sthri shakthi, pratheksha also joined as partner of this venture.

They were advised to attend a training program on value addition on ginger, pepper, rice, etc. Subsequently attended two day training program on value addition. They have been provided with all the need based knowledge & skill, which included scientific quality management of food production, skill training on various value added products.

The total project cost is 13 lakh and they availed 10 lakh as bank loan and 3lakh as subsidy from Grama Panchayath. Kudumbashree mission provides various farm based trainings and incentive amount for supporting the jlg activities.

They got gross earnings of 7 Lacks per month and each member given the salary of 10000/month.

The value added products are sold in Direct Marketing, home shop , NHGs, fairs and weekly and monthly markets of Kudumbashree

The unit has been a point of attraction for exposure visits by master farmers. Farmers of adjoining areas of various CDS and farmers group.

Master Farmer Subina Hussain Updated On 2017-11-20

Hi, I am a resident of Vazhapally grama panchayath and secretary of ‘Akshaya Kudumbashree - SHG’. In addition to that I am in the role of CDS member and JLG, ADS secretary. I am interested in agriculture from my childhood. I got inspiration from my mother who was a veteran farmer and a well known cattle rearing.

I was homeless for past 5 months and now I am house owner of some land with the grace of almighty. The agriculture and chicken poultry is at the back side of the house. I am satisfied with the present living condition, where I was running with the hens and its shed in every 10 months of house shifting. At that time also I was rearing the chickens for the livelihood. The chickens are healthy like warriors and 8 in number. There was another one with 5 chicks. The rabbit family consist of Kathu, the mother with 6 small rabbits and the male. They are loving and ready to kiss when I approach the door of their shed. There was another group of 5 growing cloaks. There the ducks are the large group 35 indigenous ducks and with an addition of 5 broilers. There was pond nearby home in the field, where recently started paddy cultivation with the effort of the ward member Saramma and the agricultural officer. There made fencing in between the pond and the cultivating field. We took photos of standing on the tractor when it came for ploughing. It was given rebirth to childhood nostalgic memories.

There are 5 types of brinjal, green chilli, drumstick, leafy colocasia and neem tree at my courtyard. The excretion of rabbit and hen are used as manure and the urine of rabbit as pesticide. The seed of lady’s finger and some vegetables are distributing to all the visitors in order to motivate them to do agriculture. We are selling vegetables in all alternate days. My husband Hussein and son Pachu also helping me in all the efforts. There is a plan to rear goat and cow in future. I became talkative at the time of share about agriculture.

Kudumbashree helped me to become a better speaker for all time because I was born bought up in a remote village in Kuttanadu. I stopped the study with matriculation where there was no chance for further education. So I learned tailoring and stitching. But lead the life of house wife. But the story became different after the association with the Kudumbashree. There was immediate change in my life to secretary from a member, then to ADS member, next as R.P for Kudumbashree school and there with JLG also. There I love all the members of the group and felt that women are changed positively .There was tremendous appreciation from my ward member by appreciating and by giving ample opportunity to speak in meetings .I was shivered at the earlier stages. Now I am spoke person in all meetings to clear the doubts and a teacher for the entrepreneurs. We bought soap making kit and marketed in the 8 Kudumbashree NHGs and mobilise fund for buying chairs for our SHG. In the 1st of November, we conducted a food fest with an aim to do some charity and got amazing response from the public. They appreciated and invited us to conduct the same in every month, some are ready to allot room space for the same. The unforgettable event in my life is the interaction with the Thomas Issac and the experience of getting gift with his signature from him.

All the events and episode of my life were unplanned with the touch of God.

Another Milestone, Dhanasree Kudumbashree Updated On 2017-11-19

Another episode, how team work and Collective farming efforts reap results by Dhanasree Kudumbashree, (Dhanasree J.N.G (KNR 77/8/1) which Comes under Irikkur block and Kuttiyattor grama panchayat ,again proven a success model, can be adopted a model of determination and dedication for success, where the graph of growth and equally tangible transformation of well taken projects and initiatives by the team. Every Team works ,synergy creation and contribution mainly depend on the right leader ship and Dhansree led by the great leadership of group president Ms .Shymala and secretary Ms.C.Usha and the team includes , Reshma.k, Bindu.M.v, Mini.P, Vasanthi.M., KK, Preetha and Sharadh .M. evolving and taking Dhansree to the 11th year from a humble beginning.

Dhansree taken an entirely different approach and project selection with Mucuna pruriens which got high medicinal value, recognition and commercial attractiveness. By making a trial approach by farming and the it is equally aligned with the Govt Mission to utilize the land which is seen as un exploited and idle. So team taken brave steps by considering the risks and equally rejected the opinion of all concerned negative comments about the Mucuna pruriens cultivation. With the help of Ms Kavillam Indira Amma, who allowed the land for the project and the team got funding from Kuttiaytoor SIB a loan amount of Rs , 100,000 . The 3 Acre land for the project, which is steep in nature made in equal layers for suitable farming and for this 372 working days included under the guaranteed wage employment scheme .The land where before occupied and used for illegal association and activities, Dhanasree team got equal credit in putting an end for such activities by effective and productive use of the land. 5 no of Mucuna plants planted in one cubicle and like 1242 cubicle contain 6210 plants in total part of the land utilization.

Every sowing in expectation of the blessing from mother earth, the great and most promising news is that, Dhanshree got an advance booking of Mucuna Pruriens plantation by Idoozhi illam vidhya shala for the preparation of medicine.

The team planning for the harvest festival by next week and it will be another jewel in the crown for Dhanasree and the confidence and satisfaction reflects in their words by transforming such a land for a productive resource generation by the committed efforts and team work. Team equally optimistic about the revenue and profit side of the project which will encourage them to move ahead for such new initiatives.

Best JLG Updated On 2017-11-18

District : Palakkad

Block :Nemmara

GramaPanchayath :Vandhazhi

Ward : 8

JLG :Aiswarya

Total Area Cultivation : 7 Acres

Crops : Paddy

Why Aiswarya JLG? Their synergy justifies this question by an initiative established with 2.5 acres of lease land, after 5 years they converted and increased honourably this 2.5 to 7 acres as their own cultivation fields. The source of the money for buy this land was fully depended on their income from the fields. Team Aiswarya, JLG hard working for last 10 years for build a new life through Kudumbashree. Their hard work and will power reaching to the success and they get the appreciation for the same from the society by buying their product. Aiswary JLG becomes the trusted organic paddy cultivators in the eastern side of Palakkad district.

Happy to say that they are one of the prime pillars of ‘Annam’, the organic rice brand of Kudumbashree district mission Palakkad. The project Annam contemplates to provide the best and purest organic rice in this manipulated present, not only to the famous ‘Kerala’s rice bin’, but also for all over Kerala.

Aiswarya JLG is one of the successful JLGs in the district, which is affiliated under CDS VandazhiGrama Panchayat in Nenmara Block. This JLG has total seven members. Among them Rosa Joseph as president, KanakalathaChandran as Secretary and Devi, Kamalam, Sheeba, Rosamma and Lakshmi performs as members as well. As a team they are unite in whole activities, from the beginning to end. Mrs KanakalathaChandran Co-Ordinating the team as secretary of the unit. When discussing about the members, the committed attitude towards their work, they achieved success in farming and life as well.

They are started their initiative in 2.5 acres in 2008, and grown to 7 acres and growing gradually without exhaustion till date. Their paddy fields spreads green in the 8th ward of VandazhyGrama Panchayat. This JLG had taken 3,00,000.00 rupees loan and repaying without fail. All the products harvest are brought to the common public platform of weekly and monthly markets by ‘Annam’ Rice.

Kudumbashree provided the financial assistance by interest subsidy and incentive as per norms. More than that Kudumbashree motivated them by providing ceaseless courage and optimistic support.

The best JLG award of 2014-15 fromKrishiBhavan furnishes their hall of fame.

Success in farming - Sagar JLG Updated On 2017-11-17

District : Thiruvananthapuram

Block : Chirayinkeezh

Panchayath : Kadaykavoor

JLG Name : Sagar

Sagar Jlg is one among the successful JLGs in the district, which is affiliated under Kudumbashree CDS Kadaykavoor Grama Panchayath 7th ward in Chirayinkeezh block. All the members of this JLG is from Bharathy Sagar NHG group of the same ward . This JLG has total 5 members. Among them ushakumari as president, Sheela V s secretary, and jayanthy, Beena, Bindhumol as members as well. The members of this group are particularly a house wives and they were not engaged in group or social activities. But now they are actively participating in kudumbashree programs, trainings, group activities etc, and also they are self sufficient in economic needs too. They have 75 cents total cultivation area in which a particular portion is taken for lease. The main crops cultivating are Plantain, Tapioca, and Vegetables.

At the same time 3 members in the group have a successful model of terrace farming. Which they have done with more than 50 grow bags. All the members of the JLG is able to deposit to their personal savings schemes through the profit they are getting from the farming activities. In addition to the farm income they getting almost 10000 rupees as bonus from those personal savings scheme

This JLG had taken loan from IDBI for an amount of 100000 rupees and they repaying the loan with a 10000 rupees EMI. They used that loan amount to clear some previous debit and at the same time the group was able to enhance their farming activities introduced different verieties of plantain suckers bio fertilizers etc. All the produced harvest are brought to the common public platform of weekly monthly markets of Kudumbashree. In addition to that vegetables of curry leaves have very high demand, the customers are coming directly to the farm to get a products. Secretary of this JLG is selected as the master farmer of the CDS. She has undergone various training and then she is able to show that information of the knowledge to the other jlgs in the same CDS. The group is producing special fish amino acids, Neem oil emulsion, Anchila kashayam etc which could be used in crops. The secretary of this groupis also the member of JEVA team who is responsible in auditing of JLGs in the district. The group was able to actively participate in Pre onam market, onam Fair etc. The members of the groups express their sincere gratitude towards kudumbashree for the greatest platform is given to them.

Success Story of Achamma Eliyas Updated On 2017-11-16

Achamma Eliyas

Mahima JLG

Mazhuvannur Grama Panchayat

Here I explain my experience in agriculture through Kudumbashree JLGs; my family consists of husband and two children. Agriculture is the main income source of our family. I have been part of Kudumbashree network since 2000. Even though I have a member of farming family I had never undertaken any agriculture activity. I never used my day time for any productive activities. As a rural woman I used most of my time in household activities.

After two years in NHG I heard about JLG, and then I started thinking of it. I thought that as a member of farming family I could easily manage the agriculture activities. Most of the members in the NHG were from farming families. So I decided to start cultivation through a group initiative. During the next NHG meeting I shared the idea to form a JLG and start cultivation. Then we started cultivation in 3 acres of land. All the members were from farming families was the only reason for starting the programme. During the initial period we faced some difficulties but with the support from families we overcome the same. The trainings from Kudumbashree mission helped a lot to improve our farming. We got incentives and bank loans through Kudumbashree. This was the starting point of our farming initiative.

Presently we are having cultivation in 11.5 acres of land. The major crops are paddy, Banana, Vegetables and Pineapple. We are getting good income from the practice and can be able to contribute to the family budget through the group farming.

Last year have selected as the master farmer trainer and JEVA and honored as the best farmer of the Panchayath.

Now I am very happy that the small initiative became a big success. Now all of us, the four member team getting good returns from the activity. We proudly say that this is only because of Kudumbashree, the largest women net work in the country.