District : Kannur
Grama Panchayath : Pattuvam
Jlg Group : Katirmani
No of Members : 5
Name of Members : Yesodha.P, Leela.M, Omana K.V, Rohini.P, Padmavathy.K.V
Pattuvam grama panchayat of Kannur district in shining in the success glory of Kathirmani JLG. The journey began with the formation of a collective farming group named ‘Katirmani’(KNR 13/08/10). The five member group (Yesodha P (president), Leela M (secretary), Omana K. V, Rohini P and Padhmavathi K. V) has proved that determination, will power and group strength bears the fruit of success. Their interest in farming is evident from kitchen gardens which they have raised in homesteads to support family demands. The lack of expert advice and financial support didn’t change their mindset, it only gave the power to fight and win.
By registering as a collective farming group in kudumbashree they began a new venture which made them self sustainable. The training programmes and interest subsidy given by MKSP scheme has encouraged the group to expand the area under cultivation from 25 cents to 500 cents. The group is mainly engaged in Kaipad cultivation of rice. Orkayama, kathir and ezhome-1 are the cultivated varieties. Rice is raised in 5.5 acres of arable lease hold. Vegetables nemly cucumber, pumpkin, amaranth, okra are cultivated in summer rice fallows.
All the field operations starting right from land preparation to harvest is done by group members collectively. This helps in developing a sister hood relationship among the members. The active participation from the members of employment guarantee programme (MNREGA) helped a lot in primary tillage operations and land levelling.
The benefit from group farming made the members self sustainable and supported them in meeting the additional demand for education and marriage of their children. The demand for rice and vegetables are met from own farming and they are leading a happy, healthy life. The sale of farm outputs are made in kudumbashree outlets, thus ensuring a stable market without out any steep price fluctuations.
The Kathirmani group is availing area incentive for the past 4 years and has become an ideal model for utilisation of arable waste lands. One among the five members of kathirmani JLG was selected as master farmer. Thus the group has expanded their service not only as a producer and supplier of fresh farm outputs, but also as a provider of expert advice to the young budding farming community.
On an average, 3.5 tonnes of rice grain is harvested from 4.5 acres of wetland. After meeting the family requirement, the marketable surplus is sailed through kudumbashree outlets. From 1acre of vegetable cultivation the group is reaping 2.5 ql of cucumber, 2 ql. Of pumpkin, amaranth and okra. As apart of experimentalisation pavizham and gandhakashala varieties of rice were also cultivated.
The kathirmani JLG was selected as the second best JLG in Kannur district during 2013-14. In 2014-15 they grabbed first prize for best JLG in district and was honoured in the annual meet of Kudumbashree mission held at Malappuram.
As a part of MKSP scheme in Thaliparamba block of Kannur ditrict, a mobilisation camp was conducted at ward level . This has resulted in increasing the number of JLG to 945 and number of NHG members to4720. For the smooth functioning of JLG & NHG, 189 MFs were identified. Monthly meetings were conducted at FFC so as to update the scheme and to take necessary time bound action. Four master farmers were identified to form JEVA team (JLG E- Valuation Agent) and trainings were given by district mission about MKSP scheme and its functioning.
Special training and awareness sessions given to scheduled tribe colonies in 4 CDS has finally resulted in formation of 125 ST JLGs. They are now actively undertaking cultivation of upland rice, tapioca, amorphophallus and colocasia in barren land.
A two day training on “Use of weed cutter and its repairing” was conducted by district mission on demand of master farmers. This training has helped them in getting familiarised with the machine and many of them make their living from operating weed cutter.