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Vedanta's Jeevika Samriddhi Project Nurturing Growth and Hope Among Jharsuguda's Farmers

The ‘Jeevika Samriddhi Project’ stands as a testament to Vedanta Aluminium's unwavering commitment to sustainable development and community empowerment.

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Vedanta's Jeevika Samriddhi Project Nurturing Growth and Hope Among Jharsuguda's Farmers
Vedanta's Jeevika Samriddhi Project Nurturing Growth and Hope Among Jharsuguda's Farmers

Vedanta Aluminium's innovative initiative, the ‘Jeevika Samriddhi Project,’ continues to revolutionize the agricultural landscape in Odisha's Jharsuguda district. Focused on promoting climate-smart agricultural practices and allied interventions, the project has positively impacted over 400 farming households in its initial phases, with plans to extend its reach to an additional 500 households in the ongoing third phase.

Success Stories from Parmanpur and Gudigaon Villages

In Parmanpur village, farmer Manbodh Pradhan's success story stands out as a beacon of the project's effectiveness. Implementing the "System of Rice Intensification (SRI)" method, Pradhan witnessed a remarkable increase in productivity and a significant reduction in input costs. His harvest of 51 quintals of paddy from 2 acres showcases the tangible benefits of adopting sustainable agricultural techniques. Similarly, Naresh Patel from Gudigaon village lauded the project's training sessions on natural pest management and organic farming. These sessions equipped him with the skills necessary to cultivate a diverse range of cash crops, leading to substantial returns.

Manoranjan Nanda, Assistant Director of Horticulture for Jharsuguda district, expressed optimism about the project's impact. He highlighted its role in introducing advanced agricultural practices and best practices in land and water management, thus contributing to the overall development of the region.

Innovative Solutions in Phase III

The ongoing Phase III of the "Jeevika Samriddhi Project" introduces innovative solutions to address rural agricultural challenges. Initiatives such as pond restoration, the installation of solar pumps for irrigation, and the adoption of modern micro-irrigation methods have significantly enhanced agricultural productivity and sustainability. Solar-powered irrigation systems have bolstered irrigation infrastructure, enabling year-round cultivation and reducing dependency on erratic rainfall patterns.

Increasing Productivity and Income

The adoption of the SRI method for paddy cultivation and cash crops has led to a substantial increase in productivity and a 50% increment in monthly income for 77% of participating farmers. Furthermore, organic farming practices, including the use of vermicompost tanks and bio-manure, have naturally enhanced soil fertility, promoting long-term sustainability. Additionally, agri-allied activities like pisciculture have provided farmers with additional income streams, further boosting economic resilience within rural communities.

Empowering Farmers Through Training & Technology

Comprehensive training sessions and exposure visits play a crucial role in empowering farmers with knowledge of climate-smart agriculture practices and modern technology. By promoting environmental sustainability and economic resilience, these initiatives contribute to the overall well-being of rural communities.

By fostering a conducive environment for agricultural growth and prosperity, the Jeevika Samriddhi Project paves the way for a brighter future for agricultural communities in Jharsuguda district.

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