Revival of millet and traditional crops
RNBA and Partners have achieved 150 targets set for 3 years. PHDO in the first year of the project supported 25 beneficiaries from 5 SHGs in 5 villages for promotion of ‘Ekaithabi’ (Nepetunia Oleracea) a traditional water plant. In the second year, upon receiving consultation from KVK Bishnupur the nutritional benefits from taro (singjupan) PHDO have given support to 25 beneficiaries from Panthoibi SHG from Laikhong village for plantation of traditional crops taro (Singjupam). The activity was supported as a group activity for Panthoibi SHG,Laikhong. The aim of promoting traditional crops is to preserve our traditional crops from extinction. Taro is one of the traditional water plants which is rich in nutrients is suited in the rainy season and can generate income within 5-6 months. Taro was selected as indigenous plant for the said activity because it has high demand in the local market for making various local cuisines. Since taro has the capacity to generate income quickly and has high demand in the local market the group came to decision to plant taro. Also, a small quantity of taro was processed as chips for trial and it was found to have a potential to market as taro chips. CWG through APPI also supported 50 beneficiaries to revive and promote traditional millets during the second year of the project. In the final phase of the project, RNBA supported the said activity by carrying out in Nagaching and KabuiKhullen village. The 50 beneficiaries from 7 SHGs planted red rice (16), millet (17), sweet potato (6) and local sweet maize (11). Each beneficiary is expected to get at least Rs. 2500 extra income from the plantation.
The beneficiaries for this activity were selected based on group consensus and interest of the beneficiary.