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Mon, 21 May 2018

Northeast Today

An Initiative That Brought in Revolutionary Impact Among 10000 Farmers and Weavers of Assam

An Initiative That Brought in Revolutionary Impact Among 10000 Farmers and Weavers of Assam
April 18
11:16 2018

NET Bureau. Kingson Chingakham

Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood (CML), an initiative of TATA Trusts & Mining Autonomous Council known as “CTM” has been promoting handloom, fishery and boro paddy based livelihood activities under a multi-thematic livelihood collaborative project.

The CTM project has brought in huge impact among the farmers of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Majuli and Golaghat through skill up-gradation of the existing weavers, assured boro paddy cultivation through SRI techniques and technologies and fish rearing with the intervention in the major value chain components.

Introduction of “Naveen”- a short duration Boro paddy variety cultivation under the project brought a revolutionary impact to 9474 farmers from 89 villages, spread across four districts of Assam- Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Golaghat and Majuli.

“Naveen” being a short duration variety of 120 days, 90 percent farmers could successfully harvest their paddy before early (pre-monsoon) flood in May. In the year 2017-2018, a total of 894 hectares were already covered and the process has started for additional 410 hectares in the current year. An average production has increased from 3 tons/hectare to 7 tons/hectares with an increase in 3576 Metric Ton from an area of 894 Hectares. Systematic Root Intensification technique, short duration variety, assured irrigation, use of cono weeder and organic practice of cultivation were the main reasons towards the success of the intervention. A pool of 37 local Community Resource Persons have been groomed for constant handholding support to the farmers, it is a new practice for the farmers.
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CTM project has revived the composite fish culture practice with the infusion of tradition and technology in 46.5 hectares of land through 525 trained farmers with an increased production of 1.8 MT from 0.7 MT per Hectare. 17 nursery farmers have been developed under the project who is producing 6 lakhs of a yearling to support the fishery of the project. Further, 450 weavers were made capable of weaving fly shuttle loom while providing fly shuttle loom set and accessories to 300 weavers and revolving fund as working capital with an increase production efficiency up to 1.5 inches/minute from 0.5 inches. Average net monthly income of weavers have increased to Rs 3755 from Rs 1200-1500 (On the basis of income data of 107 weavers).

By April 2018, Centre for Microfinance and Livelihood will act as a facilitating organisation for promoting the Rural Livelihood Research Centre (RLRC) of Missing Autonomous Council through Farmers’ producer company created under CTM initiative in Gogamukh block of Dhemaji. Currently, CML is intensively focusing on the states of Manipur, Assam, Tripura and regions of Meghalaya and Mizoram.

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