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.

















Garhbeta 3
Sterile Soil To Fertile Earth

Summary
Project funding duration was 2010-2011 to 2011-12 with the joint funding of DRDC Paschim Medinipur and Garhbeta III Panchayat Samity. WB Biotech Development Corporation Ltd supported with a soft loan. Being inspired by the success of Chandrakona 1, this pilot started in an officially recorded fallow land of 25 acres to prepare a demonstration effect along with the piecemeal lands of 50 SHGs of Garhbeta III Dev. Block. Total person days generated in the first two years were 12000 plus and the arid land has turned to a lush green productive field. Two trial productions took place in the year 2011 and the Project is moving steadily.

Focus
of the Project was to understand the employment potential of this New Technology Farming concept and the resilience of the plants as well. Nationally, this was the first effort to extract the livelihood from barren lands and simultaneously of organized lac farming.

Aim
of the Project was primarily to develop skilled human resources from SHGs for this New Technology Farming. The Second challenge was to convert this arid land to a productive field. Thirdly, to make a first- time large-scale field level trial to understand the viability of the concept of organised farming of lac.

Story
The Project was inaugurated on 23 May,10. The nursery accommodated three lakhs saplings of Semialata Flemingia by getting water from nearby villages in a relay system travelling more than a kilometre. It is unbelievable but true that 5 tractors had to work more than 45 days and 7 .44 Tons of cow dung was applied to prepare the soil. However, by August, 2010 plantation was complete --- the red and rugged plot took the hue of lush green with rich growth of Semialata and vegetables all over. At present, this recorded fallow field is hosting more than 1, 50,000 Semialata plants in putting a step forward towards developing an agro-based industry by utilising Biotechnological techniques.


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

Green Field-2010

Dr. Amit Sanyal-2010

Sri Ardhendu Sen with others-2011

Sri Ardhendu Sen with others-2011

Inoculation-2011

Berh Plantation-2011

Lac on Semialata-2011

Lac on Semialata-2011



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