Vegetable seed mini kit and papaya seedlings under the nutritional garden demonstration programme under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) to the tribal farmers and farm women for the benefit of the Tribal Farmers were given to them.

Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Government of India Shri Jual Oram, visited KVK Sundargarh-I, Kirei under Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar today to review the ongoing activities and scope for further strengthening of KVKs.

The Minister visited all the demonstration units, crop cafeteria and appreciated the efforts of KVK in maintaining the units.

Shri Oram visited the KVK adopted tribal village Birjaberna under Sundargarh block and interacted with farmers and farm women. He distributed vegetable seed mini kit and papaya seedlings under the nutritional garden demonstration programme under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) to the tribal farmers and farm women. He expressed his satisfaction with the activities undertaken by KVK Sundargarh-I in the TSP adopted villages for the improvement of tribal people.  

The TSP concept emphasized on area development (areas of tribal concentration, dispersed tribes outside the area covered under Sub-Plan and Primitive Tribal Communities) of tribals as also ensuring protective measures to safeguard their vital interests. The TSP concept envisioned a wider canvas to engulf as many tribal people as possible. In nutshell, TSP concept is the harbinger of new hopes and aspirations for the tribal world and a milestone as a conceptual frame with the bifacial objectives of narrowing the hiatus between the levels of development of tribal and other areas and to improve the quality of life of tribal communities. Further, the elimination of all forms of exploitation is explicitly ingrained in the above objectives, in order that the tribals become self reliant and self confident in their way of life. Further, mention may be made of the Study Team on tribal development programmes, Chaired by Shri P.Shilu, AO Commissioner (1966) and the study team made extremely valuable suggestions in evolving concrete schemes for tribal development.

Prof. P. K. Roul, Dean, Extension Education, OUAT, district heads of State Government line departments, progressive farmers and farm women from the operational villages of KVK were present on the occasion.

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