KAMDHENU OF TRIBALS
WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT A SELF SUCCESS STORY
SHRI. BHABHULBHAI's MYTH BREAKS
I am a farmer belonging to Darbar Community of Sanala Village. I own
total 50 Bigha Land. This 50 Bigha land is without water facility.
In my family there are in all eleven members. All my family's burden
is on me and all my family is dependent on me. As a result of irregular
rainfall in monsoon and because of no measure to control or accumulate
water, I had to suffer loss in farming. However, officials of GRISERV
and the more knowledge able and awakened committee of our village
in association with the beneficiaries group of our village, constructed
a Checkdam near Randal Mataji's Mandir (Temple).
During this monsoon, when only once the rain water filled in it, the
water level in my two wadi rose upto 30 feet. As a result of rise
in the water level this year 45 Bigha land was irrigated & cultivated
was no irrigation facility available for cultivation of cotton.
Also there was not enough cultivation of ground nut.
Four Quintal Cotton was produced, & money received from
sale of cotton, is not more than Rs. 40,000/-. The entire amount
is used for household & family expenditure.
During summer, No fodder of green grass was available to cattle.
during winter, water is not available in the well.
the construction of Checkdam, irrigation facility is easily available
therefore I have cultivated Cotton - 4 to 5 times. The total production
of Cotton is 70 Quintal & amount received from the sale of cotton
is Rs. 1,40,000/- as a result I have saved Rs. 1,00,000/- in a year,
due to this it was possible for me to start the plaoughing work in
my third wadi. At present, even during Summer, Green grass fodder
is available to the animals, water remains upto 15 t0 20 feet in winter
As a result of above benefits due to Checkdam, my desires of many
years have been fulfilled. The village people follow my example. The
change in the situation of so poor Bhabhulbhais earlier position to
the present position has became a Live example for others in the village.
For all these efforts received from the organization ( BAIF - GRISERV
), and their officials thanks a lot and wish to look forward more
such activities are taken by the organization in the future.
Mr. Bhabhlubhai Tapubhai Vala.
SANALA, Tal. Kunkavav, Dist. Amreli.
COST OF WELL RETURNED
Myself Shri. Laljibhai Ramjibhai Akbari, a resident
of Amrapur Village and my land lies / stretches on the way to Barwala.
I have wadi also. The depth of the under ground well is 80 feet; still
I cannot do any kind of irrigation. However, this year, under Watershed
Development Programme and in association with committee, I constructed
a Check bund on the stream flowing near my far (Wadi), when the Check
bund was not build, during that time, even in the rainy season, the
water level in the well use to rise very insignificantly. On my total
18 bigha land only groundnut was cultivated, income was also nearly
about Rs. 30,000/- only. As against this, this year due to construction
of Check bund, water level of the well has risen even upto nearly
40 feet. The winter, summer and rainy season's crops have fetched
full returns. In addition to this, this year, Onion was also sowed
on the 2 bigha cultivable land, out of this an income of about Rs.
96,000/- has been earned.
This year, due to increase in the income, out of the savings, the
repair work (Plaster work), of our declining house, since year, has
been done. My financial position has been improved for better and
in the future I expect that on my 18 vigha land adequate irrigation
facility will be available from this check bund only.
My crop production of rainy season will not at all be without profits
Truly & it I would have earned profits much earlier.
Shri. Laljibhai Ramjibhai Akbari,
PLOUGHING & IMPROVED SEEDS CHANGE THE FORTUNE
Shri. Chimanbhai Chamtabhai Vasava who lives
interior village Ladkuva of Mandvi Taluka of Surat district. He owns
2 acres land and a large family of seven members. The drudgery of
illiteracy and meaningless traditions as well as lack of improved
implements had kept him under poverty. He used to borrow means and
seeds for agricultural work and the output was very poor, which was
never sustainable and the whole year his family had to undergo hard
laborites life for livelihood.
After coming in contact with C.E.C. staff workers in 1997, he got
a new approach. His land was surveyed and with the help of deep ploughing
with tractor he and his family was guided to compost and cow dung
manures to soil. It was the first time they used for their own land
! Chimanbhai contributed his share of Rs. 150/- against the Project
provision of Rs. 600/- for the ploughing. He was given right training
of improved variety of crops. GJ-38 Jowar, was introduced to him.
But his traditional mind had many doubts about the growth and output.
With improved variety of seed h was supplied 35 Kg., D.A.P. Fertilizer.
The result was that his farm become a temple for his family ! The
surrounding farmers and other people praised his labour.
In one acre he got the yield of 500 Kg. Jowar, 800 Kg. Paddy &
60 Kg. Peanut - which estimated total gain for Rs. 4,180/-.
He says never before in his life time he ever got such output. Really
the improved seed, New technology and implements as well as guidance
and training from CEC staff has brought a remarkable and astonishing
change in his life-style and yet their an opened new hopes and horizons.
FOR TRIBAL FARMER LIVELI HOOD
Mr. Vijay Singh is 25 year old tribal poor farmer
from Kambodia village. His all family members work own 1.5 acre agricultural
land .He grow vegetables last two year (a single crop in a season
method) and used traditional cultural practices and sowing own their
seed, being a measure one. Normally that seed is prepared by them
from the rejected fruits ,which are infected by diseases and insect-pests
and become useless due to infection .
When the family survey was done in the village by KVK staff ,the training
needs of the farmers and farm women were also assessed .In one of
such interaction by the KVK staff ,he discussed the low production
problem and expressed his desire to attend the training imparted by
KVK on vegetable cultivation methods and nutritious kitchen gardening.
Utilizing the opportunities, he attained training programmes on vegetable
cultivation methods, including application of chemical and organic
fertilizers, control of insect-pests & diseases. He has gained
all the knowledge of controlling insect-pests & diseases with
new improved cultural practices by consulting the KVK staff time to
Mr. Vijay Singh now grows vegetables in his own land of 0.8 acre .he
invest Rs.3892/- and got Rs.19000/- from brinjal, papri, tomato, from
same land (within July -Sept'99).Where as he invest Rs.2280/- in previous
year and got Rs. 7700/- as income only by growing a single crop papri.
The enhanced income by vegetable cultivation Mr. Vijay Singh proves
to be an admirable model young farmer to the villagers.
THROW AWAY THE UPLIFTING LADDER PERHAPS YOU WILL NEED IT
has always a glorious view for the poor and down-trodden people that
hey should be well settled at their home with a good and prosperous
way of self-dependent livelihood .The following stories the example
of this view, it suits for its - GRISERV mission and ideas.
participant lady Mrs. Narmadaben has lost her husband she had
to suffer a hard and orphanage life of a widow. During this situation
GRISERV come to her help and she got her desi cow with artificial
breeding by Cattle Breeding Centre. A heifer was produced and
there opened the new doors of happy life. The KAMDHENU cow has
helped and uplifted her .
has got a hybrid cow through heifers and sold it for Rs. 3000/-.
is getting on income of Rs. 1000/- to 2500/- per month through
dairy industry. The milk is sold to co-operative society.
is also selling the organic fertilizers of Rs.3000/- per year.
The surplus fertilizer is being used by her in her own farm.
has built a row and small house with the help of milk and cattle selling
income. She has purchased 2 acres of land. She is growing vegetable
in this land which helps her in daily life .Now she is self supporting
with the help of the cow, which has brought her upstairs.