The Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Sections in India (WIDA)


Social Forestry Programme

In Pandiriguda and Khoraguda villages 34 acres were allotted by the government for social forestry programme in 1989, imitated by the people in the villages. To supplement the effort of the people, the project imitated a central nursery at the office. nearly 200,000 plants had been raised in 1989 belonging to different species like mango, jack, fruit, tamarind and fire wood trees. These plants are transplanted in the community social forestry lands owned and managed by the peoples organization and the women's group in 1990, women raised nurseries for plantation in eight villages.

Family Forest Programme

In 1994, 175 families in 8 villages were selected and have taken up family forest programme in 380 acres and 700 horticultural plants kale gova, mango, lime and narinja was planted.

Forest Protection

In 13 villages forest protection committees were undertaken in 1990, and in 1994, 40 villages protected its forest.

In 1997, the programme was initiated in 21 villages. 1240 plants were provided to 207 families and they were identified by the PO/WG members. in 1998, a JFM forest protection committee was imitated in 30 villages; all the village people are members of the JFM committee.

Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP)

With reference to a discussion with the conservator of forest corpus regarding the authorization to women groups and trained youth group for collection and entrepreneurship of minor forest produce was followed-up. in few villages self-help groups were started through women's group. The project made a study on the availability of raw materials after the study.

Natural Dyes

The natural dyes programme was implemented in 1998 and continuing the study on natural dye mordents in natural dyes.

Collection of Materials.

During 1998, the staff surveyed and collected natural dye materials (Horida, Behead and Alma) in the local forest and villages. The village women group was trained on collection of barks without getting any harm to the tree. These collected materials were processed and preserved.

Training on Natural Dyes

During 15 days in may 1998 the staff organized a graining programme for 8 persons (Male-4 and female-4) from centre for development initiatives on coir natural dye trading. The trainees were taught on horrid. onion peel, aim and sindur to get four basic colours and application of mordents. The women group started collecting the materials and applying with sisals craft at their production unit.

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