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Rural Development

IISD is working for Integrated Rural Development for last 8 years and during this period it has worked on number of issues which had directly benefited to the marginalized farmers, unemployed youths and deprived women folks in the area. The main contributions are as follows:

1. Rural Technology Development and Dissemination Centre

   
     
  Exterior of the Rural Technology Development and Dissemination Centre  

IISD has established one Rural Technology Development and Dissemination Centre in the year 2002 at Nindura Block of Barabanki District. The main purpose of this centre is to promote farm and non-farm based technologies which are low cost and user friendly to the local environment. This centre has created number of livelihood options which are being brought here and downscaled for further dissemination. Some of the options are Bee keeping, Mushroom cultivation, Vermi-composting, Improved Agricultural Practices, Organic Farming, etc. Here within the 5 years period more than 350 farmers, youths and women were trained in various farm and non-farm based activities not only from Barabanki District but from other districts like Lucknow, Sitapur, Unnao etc.

2. Rural Farm Waste Management

IISD in association with NABARD implemented one major programme in 50 villages of Kakori Block, Lucknow District on farm waste management. During this programme farmers were trained to manage their farm waste and convert it into useful compost which could be used in their fields. This was a successful programme as at the end of the programme 30 youths started their own vermi-composting units to produce organic compost out of farm waste.

3. Training of New Bee Keepers

During the implementation of DFID programme IISD has promoted around 80 SHGs in the Deva block of Barabanki District. These SHGs are basically women groups and they were provided with many livelihood options. The Bee keeping was one of them and in this trade 50 men & women were provided extensive training so that they could start the practices at their own.

4. Mushroom Cultivation

In collaboration with Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, IISD had organized Mushroom Cultivation training for 50 youth of Kakori Block who had taken this as a very good livelihood options during their spare time.

5. Aggarbati and Candle Making

In collaboration with Department for International Development (DFID), IISD established more than 80 SHGs in the Deva Block of Barabanki District. Most of these groups had been linked with banks and majority of them are enjoying the financial benefits through CCL. Majority of these groups are women SHG and they are being provided training in Agarbati & Candle making trade and more than 50 women were trained in Chiken work.

6. Screen Printing Training

With support from NABARD, IISD has trained 30 unemployed youths in Screen Printing trade in Sarojini Nagar block of Lucknow District. Out of 30, 17 boys had started their own screen printing centre are now earning around Rs. 150-200 /- per day.

7. Improved Agricultural Practices

IISD has till date trained around 100 farmers in improved agricultural practices on various crops like, wheat, rice, mustered, menthe etc. Through this technique yield was increased by spraying micro-nutrient on the crop thereby reducing the heavy input of Urea. Further more no insecticide, pesticide, fungicide etc. were allowed to put in the field and all the weeds and other insect problems were addressed through bio-pesticides. This is a step towards organic farming. This also reduced the cost of inputs in farming.

8. Initiating the Process of Micro-planning in Panchayats

During the DFID programme IISD also organized 4 Micro planning camps in 4 Gram Panchayats of Barabanki District so as to generate the demand from the community itself and they should be included in the planning processes. During these camps all the pradhans were involved along with local village community for planning their own needs within the available resources. This planning process was also appreciated by the local administrative staff like BDO and Village Level Secretary.

9. Vermi-Composting

In association with CAPART, IISD facilitated 25 farmers in Tindola Nyaya Panchayat of Deve Block, Barabanki to construct their own vermi-composting units for production of organic compost for their fields. These farmers are now not only producing the compost for their won fields where as selling it to other interested farmers and fetching good amount.

10. Formation of SHG’s

IISD has been instrumental in formation of women Self Help Groups in rural area for last 4 years. During this period it has initiated more than 100 SHG’s in various blocks of Barabanki District. Majority of them are bank linked and CCL has been granted to them.

11. Farmer’s Advisory Centres

IISD also has initiated 10 Farmer’s Advisory centres in Barabanki District where small and medium farmers are given appropriate advice on agricultural issues, non-farm options of employment and appropriate technological interventions in improved agricultural practices. In these centres farmers are promoted for organic farming practices and some demonstrations are also placed in farmers’ field on low input agricultural practices to reduce the overburdens of agriculture.