To bring to light the idea that five basic elements of life vis-à-vis Mitti, Jal, Agni, Aakash, & Vaayu need the developmental elements vis-à-vis Human, Energy, Capital, Technique and Resources to sustain and bring prosperity, “ASORD Krishi Rishi Model” stands as a role model for this integration of age old understanding of tribes & their beliefs with the new age necessity for sustainable economic development. It also serves as an operating & vibrant connection of ASORD with the community.
ASORD has established a centre “Krishi Rishi Ashram”, at Village Kergaon, Block Gariyaband, District Raipur. A humanitarian as well as modern integration of rural society is the concept, which is achieved through the establishment of a centre at the working area. The activities under taken at this centre among the rural society are:
The main aims for establishing the centre in remote area are:
With the help of an external support & consultants, we have initiated a set of activities in the context of fast-changing development scenario both at the state & national level. An important finding was the challenge faced by various stakeholders in rural development with respect to socio-economic & natural impact. It was felt that there was a need to develop a mechanism of empowered participation of the community in planning, implementation and monitoring of social development. The primary operating method of the centre is to promote effective participation of primary stakeholders in the process of development by organising various activities.
One of the prime targets of the activity through the centre is to drive a campaign for the gradually degrading natural resources in the villages of the Block Gariyaband & Chhura.
We are actively involved in the promotion of "Tree Borne Oilseed Crop – Jatropha" through this centre since last year. In the current year nursery of 56,94,650 plants (46,94,400 in 7120 earthen beds & 10,00,250 in poly bag) was established with the support of Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Authority, Raipur. The plants were distributed free of cost in 62 villages of Block Gariyaband (24,89,650 plants to 4982 farmers) and 75 villages of Block Chhura (32,05,000 plants to
We have promoted the bio-diesel crop due to its various advantages – the plantation lends itself on low fertility marginal, degraded, fallow, waste and other lands such as along the canals, roads railway tracks, on borders of farmers’ fields as a boundary fence or live hedge in all areas, it can be used to reclaim waste lands in the forests and outside.
It is useful in meeting domestic needs of energy services including cooking and lighting; as an additional source of household income & employment through markets for fuel, fertilizer & animal feed, raw material for soap, cosmetics, etc. in creating environmental benefits – protection of crops or pasture lands, or as a hedge for erosion control, or as a windbreak and a source of organic manure. The proposed programme will also provide self-employment and there by create confidence amongst rural communities for self-reliance.
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