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Livelihood technical support, knowledge management, value chain studies, development of documentary film and livelihoods intervention among livelihoods staff, community resource person and women farmers in Kolasib District and Serchhip District, Mizoram

SDS received a contract from Mizoram State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MzSRLM) to develop Package of Practices (PoP) and draw possible intervention for developing a replicable and scalable model for Poultry, Piggery and Nutrition Garden. SDS had prior working experience with poultry farmers under NERLP project in Mizoram. Deep understanding on the rooted ground realty helped SDS in designing the customized package of practices for the small holder poultry farmers.

Developed livelihood technical protocol and IEC materials on piggery, poultry and kitchen/nutritional gardening, these materials used in building capacity of livelihoods staff, livelihoods cadres and women farmers within the MzSRLM operational areas. This followed by the creation and development of a pool of Community Service Providers (CSP) and master resource persons at the Block and District level through intensive capacity building and exposure. These trained hands really brought some transformational changes at the household level. SDS also ensured high quality extension support at ground level through establishing constant monitoring mechanism. Developed 10 poultry model structures in the district, which in future can be used as the reference model for the state. Under NERLP project, SDS set up a hatchery, the linkage really helped the small famers to reduce the cost of chicks.    

The standardization of practices in poultry farming open up a new era where small holders to taken up as primary occupation of the family. During the project period 26 percent small holders transform their poultry farming to a commercial poultry farming. It was possible just because of upgradation of their knowledge on scientific practices i.e., proper stocking density and nutrient management in feeding practices. For obvious reason the production cost increased by 57 percent but there was a 137 percent average growth in income has been observed during the project period. MzSRLM had already adopted this model which replicated in other district in the later stage of the project.

The major outcomes of the project;

SDS Academy

Rural India employs more than 55% of the work-force share. Driven by traditional practices low extension & information asymmetry this is set to halve with rampant non remunerative agriculture practices. Youngsters, disillusioned, are moving away from agriculture – one of the mainstays of our GDP. Covid 19 has resulted in reverse migration and with studies suggesting that around 30% of reverse migrants never to return the rural sector has been dealt with a double blow. All rural sector actors need easy access to RELIABLE information as well as EASILY AVAILABLE technical mentoring at different levels

SDS Academy is an initiative by Sesta Development Services (SDS). SDSs’ experience of providing professional services in social development projects across the Eastern and North Eastern parts of India made it clear that there was a huge potential for rural appropriate skills promotion, and IT driven mentoring in the NE region in the current scenario. It is in this space that the Academy would be operating. Basic characteristics of SDS Academy are;

  • Trainers having area specific field experience
  • Online & Offline learning support for farmers, rural entrepreneurs, extension workers, rural development professionals
  • Innovative & engaging learning methodology using IT tools and platforms.
  • A cost-effective way of reaching out to large audience

Differential factor

  • Course Curriculum designed as per Industry needs available in all Vernacular languages
  • Serve end to end solution (From FARM to FORK)
  • Instant remote solutions
  • Hand holding support by harnessing the power of technology
  • Small Holder farmer’s (agri & livestock) enterprise promotion
  • Flexible time slots
  • IVR support for the learner to close the feedback loop.

Strengthening SHG women livelihood through boiler poultry farming and collectivizing them into producer institution

SDS received a contract from Mizoram State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MzSRLM) to develop Package of Practices (PoP) and draw possible intervention for developing a replicable and scalable model for Poultry, Piggery and Nutrition Garden. SDS had prior working experience with poultry farmers under NERLP project in Mizoram. Deep understanding on the rooted ground realty helped SDS in designing the customized package of practices for the small holder poultry farmers.

Developed livelihood technical protocol and IEC materials on piggery, poultry and kitchen/nutritional gardening, these materials used in building capacity of livelihoods staff, livelihoods cadres and women farmers within the MzSRLM operational areas. This followed by the creation and development of a pool of Community Service Providers (CSP) and master resource persons at the Block and District level through intensive capacity building and exposure. These trained hands really brought some transformational changes at the household level. SDS also ensured high quality extension support at ground level through establishing constant monitoring mechanism. Developed 10 poultry model structures in the district, which in future can be used as the reference model for the state. Under NERLP project, SDS set up a hatchery, the linkage really helped the small famers to reduce the cost of chicks.    

The standardization of practices in poultry farming open up a new era where small holders to taken up as primary occupation of the family. During the project period 26 percent small holders transform their poultry farming to a commercial poultry farming. It was possible just because of upgradation of their knowledge on scientific practices i.e., proper stocking density and nutrient management in feeding practices. For obvious reason the production cost increased by 57 percent but there was a 137 percent average growth in income has been observed during the project period. MzSRLM had already adopted this model which replicated in other district in the later stage of the project.

The major outcomes of the project;

Provide technical support to sustain and strengthen the Fishery Producer Organization and build on the other value chain interventions in the fishery sub-sector in West Tripura district of Tripura

Fishery occupies a unique place in the socio-economic life of the people in Tripura. However, as compared to the developments in agriculture and livestock/poultry, fish farming still continues to be practiced on low levels of technology, resulting in poor productivity and production. Lack of capital, redundant extension services, lack of improved technologies and shortage of vital inputs such as quality seed and cost-effective and efficient feed, and poor post-harvest infrastructure are the main reasons for the low levels of productivity in the state. Keeping in view and limited resources for capture fisheries in the state, thrust are being laid by NERLP & SDS in both vertical (increase in productivity) and horizontal (increase in area for aquaculture) expansion of aquaculture through implementation of various beneficiary-oriented programmes, demonstration of technology coupled with capacity building and training etc.

Developed Technical Protocol on “Community Managed Intensification of Table Fish Production in ponds of West Tripura and Sepahijala District” mentioning details of Package of Practices, Economics of Production and Marketing Cost and Return of fish production etc in local languages. These documents really expedited the process of implementation. The information dissemination channel was very much efficient to take the project to next level i.e., from production to marketing. During the project, the production was increased by 28 percent. To brought down the cost of cultivation SDS, formed 2 FPOs under this project with having 3276 farmers. SDS upgraded the capacities of the FPO staff through constant training (FPO, business planning and financial literacy) and monitoring support. Also helped the FPO to set up a feed mill at West Tripura with average production of 4MT per day. SDS facilitated to set up a FRP carp hatchery in convergence with Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA).

To meet the learning need of the fishery farmers, the concept of mobile aquaculture learning centre was planned to introduce in the NERLP fishery cluster. The mobile aquaculture learning centre was one vehicle equipped with all the equipment needed for water quality testing and good aquaculture practices. As a result, 78% percent of farmers rooted with the FPO has adopted at least one scientific practice during these periods. 

The major outcomes of the project;