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Wire fencing is the key to double the farmers income

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KAPADANG: A TRIBAL VILLAGE WHERE PRECIOUS WATER GO WASTE

The Government and the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment may change the policy and invest on the Wire mesh fencing in the state to promote Rabi and summer crops in the entire state.

A few days back, I was in a remote Kapadang village of Sankarada GP in Kashipur Block, Rayagada District and was shocked to know that water for irrigation is available aplenty but not fully utilised.

A good road via Panchali now links the village but nobody comes to the village as alleged by the villagers. I was trying to find out the source of water which is a check-dam near by over a perennial stream and the reasons of low utilisation.

The primary reason is the domestic animal menace. I raised the issue of Social Fencing. Bursa Majhi, a progressive Farmers was telling me that the villagers have been trying to have brush-wood fencing but it does not last more than one season.
Cutting trees from the nearby forest has also been for the reason of denudation.

So after Khrif crop, most of the land is remaining fallow and the irrigation water is flowing in the channel without much use.

What a waste of precious resources !

Farmers Bursa Majhi, her daughter Sapai Majhi, Farmer Patadi Majhi , Women farmer Janai Majhi took me around to show whatever is grown in their field with some limited fencing. I felt very depressed. I was pondering what can be done when Social Fencing is such a difficult proposition !

I was reminded of Kandhamal District in 90s and the efforts of the then Collector Mr.Suresh Mohapatra , IAS ( now Chief Secretary of Odisha) who took me around to show the success of Chiller Fencing ( which is a very thorny variety and ideal for green fencing) . I was visiting the district as a Member of the State Planning Board under the late Chief Minister late Mr. Biju Patnaik. Many people had adopted Chiller and I was impressed. I thought a Rabi Crop taken safely would double the income of the Farmers and I was lobbying for Chiller Fencing in tribal areas.

Now in 2020, I had visited Kandhamal and was surprised that there is no chiller fencing anymore anywhere but wire mesh fencing has come up all over. This strong fencing has been done by Horticulture Department. Some rich farmers have invested on it from their own resources.

I did ask about the efficacy of Chiller Plantation which has remained as a distant memory. Now every one is wanting wire mesh fencing. It has now reduced the pressure on the forest to cut trees and bushes ! This is the best way to manage cattle menace after the harvest.

Coming back to Kapadang village, the villagers want some kind of wire mesh fencing in a 100 acre patch and with assured irrigation, they would supply vegetables to nearby markets of Kashipur and Laximpur.

This would be the first step towards doubling Farmers Income !

The wire mesh fencing can be supported by Horticulture Department, or ITDA or District Mineral Fund readily available with the District Administration.

An Agro-horticulture planning can be done for more than 100 Acres. As such the village is covered under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY). Vegetables, Millets, Pulses, Oilseeds can come up in the village round the year. Prosperity is visualised with a little effort. Hope the Administration will take note of it.

The Government and the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment may change the policy and invest on the Wire mesh fencing in the state to promote Rabi and summer crops in the entire state.

Let this wire mesh be given as a long term investment.

If the FPOs are coming up, let there be certain support of this form so that Farmers can be developed.

I shall go one step forward. The funds of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) may be used for the benefit of the Farmers. Like this, there are many options I guess !

  • Achyut Das

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