Tribal Livelihood Program- Building on the learnings of the previous work done by VCF in the Tribal region, a comprehensive program has been created in the Alluri Sitaramaraju district. Multiple livelihood pathways have been planned to increase the income levels of 10,000 tribal households over a span of five years.
This project aims to:
Maa Thota Project – VCF in collaboration with NABARD is working with 1000 Tribal households in the Rajavommangi mandal of Alluri Sitaramaraju District. The project focuses centrally on the orchard of one acre called “Maa Thota” with multiple crops planned in a way to give constant income over the years.
This project aims to:
Agricultural Technological Partnership with Tel-Aviv University Israel - Tata Trusts and VCF in association with Tel Aviv University, Israel and Irrigation system providers conducted productivity enhancement demonstrations in horticulture crops on a pilot basis to increase farmers’ net income through the diffusion of Israeli technologies and innovations in agriculture.
The innovations piloted were:
Rural Prosperity Mission (Lakshadikari Rythu) - The Lakshadhikari Rythu program is a multi-thematic intervention layered around the farm livelihoods with the key objective of enhancing income. This was launched on 9th December 2017 and was piloted among Tribal families in Sarabavaram, Lododdi, Badadanampalli GPs in Rajavommangi Mandal, ITDA Rampachodavaram.
Major support provided by VCF included:
Turmeric Value Chain - VCF in collaboration with IISR had facilitated training and workshops on a package of practices to the farmers of the FPO. VCF carried out the following activities:
Animal Husbandry - Initiatives in this sector were Breed Improvement for Buffaloes, Osmanabadi Breed Introduction in Goats, Embryo Transfer Technology & In-vitro Fertilization for cattle, and Backyard poultry.
Bee Keeping: The objective of this initiative is to ‘encourage sustainable livelihoods by providing poor farmers, SHG Women with increased and diversified opportunities of income’ VCF initiated the Bee-Keeping, hard skills and soft skills training programs initiative during 2018.
The formation of the Farmer Producer Group registered under MACS with such high numbers and in a short time was a successful intervention. To assist farmers and FPO in better marketing of honey, VCF carried out aggressive marketing activities to promote the honey produced by the FPO under the brand name of ‘Aranya-Pure Chittoor Honey’.
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