The various projects taken up by the Panchayat and Rural development department to make rural populace self reliant is likely to change the economic scenario of rural Bengal in the next couple of years.
Fruit orchard farming is one such item which has brought financial stability to many families in many districts.Griha Samriddhi was an initiative of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) of Nadia district by which the ‘Kool’ orchard farming was started.
As the ‘Kool’ orchard farming was found to be highly profitable, people with small agricultural lands have been inspired to such types of cultivation. Krishnaganj block is situated on the bank of three rivers, Ichhamati, Churni and Mathabhanga and so the land is very fertile.
The marginal farmers took interest in orchard cultivation and decided to grow Bau Kool with support from MGNREGA. The farmers sold their produce at Majdia market which is situated close to Majdia railway station.
It was found that Ber orchard cultivation can bring an additional income varying anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000 per family in a year.
It has helped 2400 families. A total of 3,74,990 saplings were planted on 1,339 bigha of land. The unskilled man days generated is 2,83,921. It may be recalled that a team from the ministry of Rural Development that had visited the state some days ago had highly praised the implementation of MGNREGA schemes by the P & RD department.
The team had also appreciated the state government’s willingness to host the Interstate exchange programme in November which gives an opportunity to showcase its good work.