Livelihood Development

  • Community living in aand around will be mobilized in the form of 1350 Self-Help Group and 740 Joint Liability Groups. All the groups will be NRLM complaints to facilitate smooth convergence.
    1. Non Timber Forest Products(NTFP) based livelihood : NTFP Centre of Excellence(NCE)has been created as autonomous Society and has been registered under societies Registration Act 1860 for organized development of NTFP sector in the state. Role of NCE is is significant in supporting the basis of livelihood activities of local people as a means of alternative income generation against the income source severely relying on forest produce. An NTFP policy will be formulated. Project shall support NCE and Crafts & More for 5 yrs, being one of the main focuses of livelihood development under this project.
      • Broom grass operation shall be continued & facilitated by NCE as per process developed by NCE during TFIPAP.
      • NCE shall explore possibility of networking with domestic / international organization on identified area including Japanese institutions in the area of bamboo crafts.
      • Clusters of specific product based group of artisans shall be established at 4 location of high potential.NTFP based livelihood activities shall be classified into 3 tiers: collection & primary processing by SHG/JFMC member(Tier-3), Secondary processing for higher value addition by SHG/JFMC members(Tier-2), and Advanced processing & value addition by entity formed by SHG/JFMC(Tier-1).
    2. Agro-foresty based livelihood: The aim of this component will be to provide sustainable forest cover & income generation to the forest patta holders and farmers from the under-stoney.
      • The existing Agro-forestry models developed under TFIPAP will be revisted by an Agro-forestry Task Forece)ATF) and revised models will be implemented.
      • Activities will include:
      • Planting from MGNREGA(50% cost under financial convergence, follow up from JICA 50% from SCATFORM, technical convergence with D?o Agriculture are proposed).
      • Agro-forestry motivational campaign for JFMC will be undertaken after identifying holders and their land.They will be organized into JLGsand orchid management training will be imparted to them for its proper management. After plantation, follow up will be supported for 3 yrs.
      • Training for Livelihood Coordinator(LC)/Community Organizer (CO) will be organized, workshops will organized for JFMC/FF.
      • LC/CO and Crafts & More(Under NCE) will form consortiums of SHG for marketing their products and for training to them.
    3. Livestock farming based livelihood: Pig farming, poultry farming, cow rearing have emerged as the most popular option in JFMCs. An animal Husbandry Task Force will be constituted to plan & train people in preparatory phase. The Task Force will be responsible for overall activities under these components.
    4. Animal Health Camps: In an effort to make veterinary service available in the project beneficiaries self-employed persons who provides veterinary information with linkage to doctors on AI, vaccination, animal health at every JFMC. This is to supplement government's veterinary services to reduce mortality and enhance productivity of livestock. Project will only provide training(6 months residential training will be arranged at R K Nagar Farm at Project cost). Such self-employed person will be supported to set up Units with the help of revolving Funds provided from the project. Task Force will coordinate. ARDD will be approached to provide technical convergence. LC/CO will be trained. Workshops will be arranged for SHGs.
    5. Fish Farming based livelihood : Tech skills to SHGs willing for fish farming in gtech convergence with D/O Fisheries. Fishery Task Force will be formed to do detailed planning for all training in preparatory phase. The task force will also be responsible for overall component. Frequent interaction & visit by Fisheries Deptt will be arranged. LC/CO will be trained, workshops will be arranged for SHGs. Same system for marketing as in case of livestock.
    6. Organic farming based livelihood : This component will be provide technical skill & information on setting up "Model Organic Conservation farms" to Agro-forestry JLGs of producers Financial model will be like Agro-forestry component. Technical & financial convergence from Mission Organic Value Chain Developement (MOVCD) through D/o Agri such as Organic Certification will be explored. Agro - forestry Task Force will coordinate, plan, etc. whole activity. Pilot trail will be held willing RoFR beneficiaries in convergence with MOVCD scheme for NER. Pilot in few selected JFMCs doing Agro-forestry where no chemical fertilizer is used. Then scale up. SHG Consortium based marketing as in the case of Agro-forestry/Livestock. Training will be provided.
    7. Ecotourism Based development : TFD will formulate and effectuate an eco-tourism policy. The possibility / option of PPP will be explored through a feasibility study based on the above policy. "Eco-tourism Development Fund (EDF) " will be supported for smooth operation & support the eco-tourism activities operated by the community. Ecoparks including Tepania, Baramura, Unakoti will be imported on NLC model. New destination like Chhabimura will be taken up on Community-based Eco tourism approach.