Odisha Forestry Department and OLM Partner for Multi-Farm Business in Koraput – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

JEYPORE: The district unit of the Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) in partnership with the Divisional Forest Office of Jeypore, started the cultivation of pineapples in the middle of a bamboo plantation as part of a valuable project added in the village of Nuagada under the chain of Boipariguda here. The multi-farming exercise is an effort to provide income support to the tribal members of Vana Surkhya Samiti (VSS) as well as to protect growing plants.

During the inauguration of the project on Wednesday, OLM officials handed out pineapple suckers to beneficiaries for planting between bamboo crops on 10 hectares (ha) in the village in the presence of forestry officials. OLM officials purchased 2.5 lakh of pineapple suckers from Tripura at a cost of 14.5 lakh for the program.

Sources said members of the Nuagada VSS urged Jeypore DFO to plant crops in the village to compensate for denudation in addition to the associated income generation. Thus, in July, the Forestry Department selected 10 ha of land in the village and planted bamboo. A few months later, the members of VSS again launched a call for an added value program for plant protection as well as ecological management on the same plots. Soon after, the forestry department discussed the proposal with the district rural development agency and the administration accepted it.

Asked, Jeypore DFO NSJP Singh said: “This is a value added program organized by the Ministry of Forests in convergence with OLM. Pineapple cultivation is expected to bring in income of up to 50 lakh to around 60 beneficiaries over the next year and a half.

Koraput OLM director Sasmita Samantaray informed that this project can provide livelihood for residents all year round, in addition to protecting the existing plantation. The program, billed as a first in the forestry division, is overseen by experts from the MS Swaminathan Research Center, Jeypore.

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