Laya makes a difference in empowering marginalized communities


Developed training materials and provided skills based training for NTFP collectors:

Programs were setup to encourage sustainable harvesting of gums, amla, wild fruits, adda leaves, barks and brooms in 8 Mandals in the East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts. Monthly meetings with NTFP collectives were conducted in Peddakodapalli and Dalipadu panchayats. The outcome in Peddakodapalli panchayat was the registration of the NTFP federation, 'Samarlamma Atavi Utpathula Sekaranadarula Samkshema Sangam,' under the Societies Registration Act.

Broom grass plantation:

This plantation was facilitated through vegetable inter cropping in Peddakodapalli panchayat of Visakhapatnam district. The returns in the first year were Rs. 2500/- and in the second year was Rs. 3500/-.

Monitored agro forestry model of seed dibbling:

This was monitored in 4 Panchayats: Gamparai, Bandamamidi, Kandamamidi and Galaganda in Visakhapatnam district. Soap nut seeds were dibbled in 8 villages. Laya also followed up earlier seed dibbling activities in 12 villages.

5 varieties of seeds (Tamarind, pongamia, wild mango, jackfruit and hill broom) have been planted in common lands and also a second-step plantation in Peddakodapalli panchayat has been initiated. Protection by the community has resulted in the plants growing well and also ensures a good survival rate.

6 varieties of NTFP species were strategically promoted by linking up with the nursery at Addateegala. These varieties are jeeluga, ippa, kunkudu, goddukura, sadanapuveduru, and kovela. A total of 3500 plants were raised in the nursery. NTFP species including tamarind, bamboo, broom grass, kanuga were planted in common lands in 14 villages as well as in the watershed area villages. Bamboo, pongamia, mahuva, soap nut, goddukura and gum karaya were planted in 4 clusters in Paderu area with the aim of increase livelihood through NTFP.

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