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UPDATES

1. IMAP’s Dissemination Project put its first step forward with the Official inauguration of the Training Centre of Rural Biotechnology at Medinipur and Purulia on 23.09.13. and 08.01.14. respectively, in the presence of three Ministers.















2. The Green Festival Sabujer Awbhan was organized by IMAP jointly with the Department of Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal, on 8 & 9 February 2014.

















The Concept
The Host Plant Revolution

Summary
The basic postulate of this effort is to search an alternative livelihood from barren lands for rural poor especially for Tribal people. What we understand from the prevalent agricultural practice is a large number of people falls under disguised employment. Secondly, we put crop in the forefront and talk about the land later. Whether the land is fertile or not, that judgement depends on the ability of a certain land to produce certain crops that are common to the area. Thirdly, non-intervention of Technology in the grassroots level has gradually eroded the productivity of lands increasing the area of cultivable waste & fallow. To arrest the sterility of soil, a new plant, Flemingia Semialata has been planted which in a short course increases the fertility of the soil. Apart from that, this plant can work as a good host for organised lac cultivation. Already around 5 Lakhs plants are standing reclaiming 79 acres of barren Land & 7.5 acres of fallow.

In reality
what happens is, these unemployed labour forces seasonally migrate to other areas of these districts and come back at the end of the season. The perpetual paradox is, this practice has been continuing since long, though a number of corrective measures have been initiated yet so far not visible changes in the pattern has emerged. In spite of our Government’s best endeavours, we were unable to think about a sustainable livelihood on these lands that can retain these human forces. The reason for this inability is, we were unable to visualize any such culture and was not capable to intervene with our existing science & technology on these unproductive lands so that people can live on it.

Agricultural Alternatives
As there is dearth of resources, it is wise to think of Agricultural Alternatives rather than Alternatives to Agriculture so that the issue of poverty alleviation & sterility of soil can be tackled simultaneously.

Focus
At present, our focus is to utilize the barren lands of the Paschimanchal of West Bengal in non-conventional agriculture so that sustainable livelihood can be generated, as we have not enough resources to build anything else on these lands. Finally, this quest will converge to the concept of Green Economy creating enabling conditions.


•Livelihood from Barren Lands, especially for Tribal People•Medical Services to twine Life & Livelihood•Literacy for Livelihood
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