Jharsuguda: On 6th October, an orientation and demonstration session on nutrition gardens was organized by the CSR department of Vedanta Ltd. Jharsuguda for the members of Amar Jyoti Farmers Club of Siriapali Village in Jharsuguda. This initiative is one among many planned under Project Jeevika Samriddhi which is aimed at improving the current agricultural practices and introducing innovative agricultural practices to the members of Amar Jyoti Farmers Club. Jeevika Samriddhi is a tripartite arrangement involving NABARD, SEWA & Vedanta Limited, aimed at securing economic prosperity among identified households by ensuring enhanced income of targeted households by the end of the project period through integrated interventions in agriculture and natural resource management.
Yesterday’s orientation session was to showcase improved agricultural practices to farmers and help them grow kitchen/nutrition garden in their houses and agricultural lands by distributing seeds. The session was attended by 60 farmers along with Shri Gunamani Pradhan, Sarpanch – Parmanpur GP, Mr A. Rathor, Agronomist – Jain Irrigation, Shri Purosottam Patel, Secretary – Amar Jyoti Farmers Club, S. Delki, AHO – Kolabira, Shri Pramod – Project Coordinator of SEWA Sansthan, and Mr Sundar Raj – Head CSR, Vedanta Ltd. The briefing and orientation session was followed by distribution of seeds to the farmers and demonstration of sowing seeds in a prepared kitchen garden.
Shri Gunamani Pradhan appreciated the efforts of Vedanta Ltd. towards livelihood initiatives like Jeevika Samriddhi and said, “Vedanta’s initiative to introduce the farmers of Siriapali village towards improved agricultural practices through its Project Jeevika Samriddhi is very encouraging. I am excited to see this focused intervention towards 100 farmers from this village that would definitely yield good results in a months to come”.
The relevance of Jeevika Samriddhi project is based on the need to augment irrigation infrastructure, promote advanced agriculture, application of bio-fertilizer and pesticides, and make farming as a remunerative profession. The project will adopt two pronged approach to upscale the livelihoods of farming communities through land & water development, and promote advanced agriculture practices. For executing the project flawlessly, farmers will be organized into clubs at village level. These clubs would work on improving farmers’ access to assured source of irrigation and land development measures for round the year diversified crop cultivation, advanced practices of agriculture and allied sources of income, bio-fertilizer and bio-pesticides and ensure its utilization by project farmers.