Livelihood Project with JRDTT (NER and Chhattisgarh)

Project Involves:

  • Mushroom Cultivation in the Baksa District of Assam; Promotion of Small Tea Gardens in the Dibrugarh District of Assam; Enhancement of Fishery in North Tripura; Ginger Cultivation in Meghalaya; Promotion of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh and support to Rickshaw Pullers to become self reliant (owner) in Raipur, Durg and Bhillai in Chhattisgarh.

Former tea garden workers are now cultivating tea in their own land whereas earlier they worked in others gardens. Along with empowerment expecting a fair price for their produce because of marketing & other support interventions

  • Capacity Building (technical and basic accounting) of beneficiaries

  • Dissemination of information through leaflets

  • Need based input support

  • Helping beneficiaries to organize into groups. The ultimate aim is to promote producers groups

  • Project coverage is 1400 poor households for project period 2011-2013

  • Project Cost: `179.53 lakhs

Activities undertaken:


Activity Head



Baseline Survey

Tea:250 Baseline Surveys were done for Tea component covering 10 villages under Lahoal and Panitola Block of the Dibrugarh District.

Ginger: 240 Baseline Surveys for Ginger component covering 7 villages in the Umsning Block of Meghalaya.

Mushroom: 350 Baseline Surveys for Mushroom Component covering 9 villages of Tamulpur and Nagrijuli Block under the Baksa District.

Fishery: 160 Baseline Surveys for Fishery Component covering?

Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP): 264 Baseline Surveys for NTFP component covering?

Rickshaw Puller: 73 Baseline Surveys in Raipur and Bhilai.


Workshop & Training


  • 3 workshops for Tea component covering 220 farmers along with leaflets.

  • 7 batches of training on Fertilizer & pest management covering 206 tea farmers.

  • 50 individuals received training on different aspects of Field Management in Tea under Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dibrugarh.

Ginger: 7 intensive on-field training on Ginger cultivation and 1 on collective marketing and 1 on Package Practices on Ginger cultivation to the Master Trainer.

Mushroom: 320 participants were trained on Mushroom cultivation covering 18 Self Help Groups in Kumarikata and Nagrijuli area of the Baksa District.


  • 42 individuals were trained on Grow-out Practices and 14 on Nursery Development in the College of Fishery, Agartala.

  • 150 individuals were oriented and provided awareness on Fish Pond Maintenance and harvesting.

Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP):

  • 264 were trained on Self Help Group Management and Record Keeping covering 10 Self Help Groups in Kanker and 10 SHGs in Dhamtari District.

  • 20 were provided exposure visited to Odisha (Rayagada) on NTFP value addition.

Rickshaw Puller: 73 Rickhaw Pullers were trained on Self Help Group Management and Record Keeping in Raipur and Bhilai city.


Input Support:

Tea: One-time Ploughing, Harrowing, Tea Plant Saplings (2000 per beneficiary), Manure and Young Tea Dose, Pesticides, 10 Spray machines in 10 clusters.

Ginger: Ginger seeds to 140 farmers.

Mushroom: 320 beneficiaries who were organized in group houses were supported for Infrastructure Renovation and Development, Equipment and Machinery (Containers, Spray Machine, Weigh Scales), Consumables (Seeds, Bags, Packets and others)

Fishery: 111 individuals for Grow-out practices and another 26 for Nursery Development were supported with seeds, feeds, fertilizer, lime and pond preparation.

Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP): 20 Self Help Groups were provided with `50, 000 each to conduct NTFP business activities.

Rickshaw Puller: 73 beneficiaries were provided Rickshaws and Hand Carts as revolving fund.