Livelihood Opportunities

(a) Sustainable Agriculture Intervention

1. Crop diversification

JKBT motivates the agrarian community to adopt integrated farming practices that promote the cultivation of short duration, less water intensive cash crops combined with horticulture (wadi) and dairy farming. Farmers traditionally used the previous year's grain as seed for the next season. This resulted in poor crop yields. JKBT introduced new and Improved seed varieties of millets and sorghum. These practices are being taken up by farmers.

 

Farmers of village-Bidasar visiting vegetable farming
through Multilayer Cropping System

2. Horticulture

JKBT promotes of the horticulture species likes Mango, Pomegranate, Guava, Orange, Lemon, Gooseberry (awala) and wood apple etc. Can easily return a regular and lucrative income for the farmers. JKBT provides also technical inputs.

 

JKBT Progressive farmer Sh. Om Prakash Pachar explaining
about his pomogranate orchard (Healthy Fruits)
Village -Bhagu Meel Ka Bas

(b) Farm Based Livelihood Intervention/ Dairy Farming

JKBT's integrated development strategy aims to enhance livelihood opportunities for the needy rural community. The focus is than on women and especially on widows for whom survival is a day-to-day struggle. The interventions, which are both firm based and non-farm based, endeavor to integrate livelihood promotion with the agenda of women's empowerment. Through the promotion of institutions like the Apoorv Melilla Kosh (a revolving fund formed to provide financial support for the purchase local indigenous breed of cows). JKBT has managed to create a strong base for enhancing natural resource based livelihoods especially agriculture and livestock. The livelihood intervention program also focuses on the financial empowerment of young girls through various skill development and capacity building initiatives.

 

Desi cow change the life of Novarang lal and his family,
Village-Kaswali

Nonfarm based Livelihood Intervention

Some of the women and girls wish to earn front the non-farm based activities which has larger potential in the area. Non-farm enterprise provides a platform to women and young girl to earn gainfully. JKBT found that there were a number of young girls as members of the SHGs, who had to drop out from school anon early age. This is not an uncommon practice in rural areas, where, sending the girl child to school usually means losing out on a precious helping hand for various intra-domestic chores as well as precious labour. Many such young girls who were members of SHGs in the above-mentioned villages expressed a desire for some skill enhancement interventions which would enable them to earn their living with dignity and bolster their self confidence. JKBT extended support to start two sewing training centres at Badalwas and Poora Badi village. It also provided IS sewing machines and Rs.l000 as remuneration per month to each centre-in-charge

 

A collective sense now building income generating interventions
among SHG women –Bendhej Art at village – Sangrawa

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