State Level Training Programme for MGNREGS Labour Group

Agragamee has organised a State Level Training cum Workshop for the Mohatma Gandhi National Rural Emplyoment Guarentee Scheme (MGNREGS)  labor group with collaboration of European Union and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany at Kashipur in Rayagada district on 5th and 6th October 2018.  Labor groups of 10 projected backward district i.e., Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Korapur, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada, Gajapati, Nuapada and Balangir districts were participated in this event. The groups shared their mixed experienced both success and failure in the implementation of MGNREGS  at their local area. 

There was a discussion conducted on the sensitive issue of migration i.e., whether MGNREGS can prevent migration or not? Some of the participants of Belpada block of Bolangir district and Nuapada district shared their experienced that they have demanded job in some the villages which helped in preventing migration and generated income. Some of the participants of Pokhari village of Derakumpa block of Kandhamal district shared about their demand of work and have got pond renovation work which not only helped for employment but also developed natural resource of their village.

Participants were  actively shared some of the important issues which they are facing as delay of payment, technical ignorance and difficulties, less interest and less awareness of the scheme, low labor wage and some job cards remains in the custody of some of the households , Sarapanch and contractors. 

In the inaugural session, Mr. Debabar Pradhan, BDO, Kashipur block shared about the provisions of NREGS in different Government line department where 130 types of work are included in this scheme. Dr. Narendra Mishra, Trainer and Expert, convinced scope and possibilities of MGNREGS work and social audit for this work. 

Mr. Achyut Das , Director, Agragamee, addressed the labor groups to work for success and  implementation of MGNREGS which will help to enhance the livelihood security of the households, rural area development, reduce migration and restore environment. He asked labor group to increase formation of labor group, demand of work at panchayat offices, and ask for slips ( evidence) which is a proof of registration of their work demand. 

Mr. Mahendra Nath, Training Coordinator, Agragame-EU Project;Mrs. Sumani Jhodia Tribal Leader of Kashipur; Mr. Satrughan Naik, District Coordinator of Agragamee-EU Project, Nuapada district etc. were shared their experience on this occasion. 

First Round Table On Agrarian Issues In The Context Of Doubling Farmers’ Income

Agragamee has organized a round table on agrarian issues in the context of doubling farmers’ income at Hotel Suryansh, Bhubaneswar on 26th and 27th September 2018 with collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany. Agricultural Scientist, Policy Maker, Government Officials, Agriculture University and well known NGOs of Odisha and other states who are currently involved in agriculture development, Media personnel have taken active participation.

During the two days, there was brainstorming discussion on Ecological Agriculture Vs Chemical Agriculture, agrarian crises on account of unsustainable use of land, water, forest and live stock.Dr. Aurobindo Behera, Former Member, Board of Revenue; Prof.D.P.Roy, Vice Chancellor, OUAT moderated on first day while Prof. Radhamohan, Environmentalist and Mr. Rangalal Jamuda, Chairperson, Odisha State Food Commission moderated on second day of round table.

Mr. Achyut Das, Director, Agragamee, shared the objective of the round table. He said that there are so many things are happening everyday in the country related to farmers.Farmer suicide, migration and displacement,promotion of new kinds of crops and trees plantation like eucalyptus or high yielding chemical maize are going on. The food and nutrition security of millions of families involved in farming are threatened. So the initiative of doubling farmers income within next 5 years can raise a light of hope.

Mr. Sourav Garg, Principal Secretary,Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment, Government of Odisha, said that Government has taken several measures for the development of farmers and agriculture in Odisha. The growth rate of agriculture sector in Odisha is increasing as per NSS Survey and All Indian Financial Inclusion Survey.Food grain production is increasing, information technology in agriculture also increasing. He shared that Government of Odisha has taken two initiative based on traditional agriculture,one is Paramparagat Krishi Vikash Yojana for organic agriculture and second one is Millet Mission for the growth of production. He informed that millet is going to be add in MDM soon in Odisha.

Mr.Pratap Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Government of Odisha, shared that farmers need to change their crop production according to marketability. He also suggest for the cluster wise production for supply of produce to avail market demand.

Prof. Radhamohanemphasized on Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming ( no-till, no- herbicide grain cultivation farming method).Mr. Rangalal Jamuda said that there is a need to focus on both food security and nutritional values among the farmer and tribal communities.

Mrs. Vidhya Das, Joint Director, Agragamee,has presented and raised some major issues of tribal area. As per Global Hunger Index, India is ranked at 100 out of 119 countries for under nutrition. As per National Family Health Survey 36% of children are under weight and whereas tribal community its raised as 45%. So nutrition must be needed. she urged to integrate both small and marginal farmers for growth of production and face to market need.Women should be enter in agriculture system. Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be implemented for Millet, Pulses, Oilseeds etc. Subsidy for traditional agriculture should be raised by policy makers for promotion of organic farming.

Dr. Aurobondo Behera said that there is need of proper implementation of Government schemes for the small and marginal farmers.

Among the participants Dr. Surya Narayan Behera, Ex. Director, Horticulture Department, Odisha; Dr. Nagendra Kumar Mallik, Asst. Agriculture Officer, State Directorate Agriculture; Dr. Prabhu Charan Lenka, Retd. Prof. of Harticulture and Director of Planning and Monitoring, OUAT; Prof. Pravat Kumar Rout,Dean,Extention Education,OUAT;Dr. Sisir Behera, Prof.Agriculture Engineering, SOA Univercity; Mr. Bhaskar Parichha; Dr. S.K. Dey, Former Vice Chancellor, OUAT; Mr. Natabar Sarangi, Organic Farming Scientist; Mr. Bidhyadhar Moharana, Retd. Agriculture Officer, Ms.Sabermatee from SAMBHAV NGO; Mrs. Puspanjali Satpathy from Basundhara NGO; Mr. Prashan Mohanty and Mr. Suresh Bishoi from NIRMAN; Mr. Debjeet Sarangi from Living Farm; Mr. Kailash Chandra Dandapat from JAGRUTI NGO; Dr. S.K. Srivastava, IACR, Bhubaneswar; Mr. Natabar Khuntia, Eminent Environmentalist; Mr. Ekadashi Nandi; Mr. R. Gopinath, MS Swaminathan Foundation, Chenai; Mr. Oliver King,MS Swaminathan Foundation, Jeypore and many other researcher, organic farming practitioner, columnist are actively participated and share their experienced.

State Level Women’s Convention

Agragamee has organised State Level Women’s Convention at Koraput Tribal Museum from 4th September to 6th September 2018 with collaboration of European Union and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Around 150 tribal women were actively participated from 10 backward districts of Odisha. During the three days convention Forest Land Right and Entitlement, Literacy and Empowerment, Women and Governance, Forest Right Act, Women in Agriculture, Seed Conservation, Food and Nutrition, Sustainable Livelihood etc. important topic were discussed.An exhibition on organic products of tribal areas was organised and displayed.

The convention was inaugurated by Mr. Rangalal Jamuda, Chairperson, State Food Commission. He addressed women to participate in the governance system for their development. He shared different welfare schemes of the Government which are specially for women and appreciated the spirit of tribal women along with answering their questions related to various socio- economic issues.

Mr. Achyut Das, Director, Agragamee, welcome and share the objective of the convention. A number of district level officials related education,nutrition , livelihood, agriculture, women leaders, tribal women farmers shares their experience, fight against their right and success stories. Tribal women described their process of traditional and organic agriculture, conservation of organic seeds, fruit and vegetable garden, child education and health in various sessions.

Ms. Latika Pradhan, Chairperson, State Social Welfare Board, Odisha ,has shared different Government schemes specially for adult girls and women. She said that women only can raise their voice and be noticeable if they get proper education and empowerment. Parent can feel the need of education and send their child to school for their child’s overall development not for mid day meal and complete their own work.

Dr. Reena Rautray, also gave emphasis on empowerment of women to face all the challenges. Mr. Gadadhar Parida, Former Collector, Koraput District, addressed and encouraged women for their work related to agriculture and development activities, awareness generation etc. He said if the change will come from family, then society would be changed automatically.

Among others Mrs. Vidhya Das, Joint Director, Agragamee, shared the actual problem of tribal area. She emphasized on girl education, forest land right and sustainability. Mrs. Sumani Jhodia, Tribal Women Leader, has spoke about the status of tribal sub- plan in tribal areas and implementation of Forest Right Act.