The Village Bijamal under Mohangiri GP of M.Rampur Block in Kalahandi district is a tribal populated village. Mainly the people of that village depend on cultivation and collection of non timber forest produces as a part of their livelihood.Most of the families are belong to SC & ST category. They maintain their family just hand to mouth due to having small patches of cultivable land. However apart from cultivation they depend on collection of minor forest produces from the forest and sell to add for the family maintenance.
Chhabila Pandar W/O-Dillip Pandar is an women farmer aged about 33 is living in this same village having two daughter, one Son and husband. She is only earning person to her small family. She has only a small patch of land where he cultivates only paddy which is earn from day labour to maintain rest of months in the year.
Once she attended the SCOPE PRI exercise Village meeting in the same village .In the month of February-2018 and actively participated in the programme. When training organised by Seba Jagat on behalf of FVTRS Skill training programme. She selected the organic Vegetables cultivation training programme and one month successfully completed. She could not know about the modern technology of agriculture before. While she learnt about Soil testing, preparation of organic manure, magic compost and how to use in cultivation. He interestingly applied his learning in her small patch of land only 0,40 acre and cultivated vegetable species like Brinjal, tomato, Ladyfingers Jhudanga, Green leafs, Radish and Onion etc .This Period sold her products at weekly market and in his village. He got Rs. 15500/-this period and became happy. He has planned to cultivate seasonal vegetable to get more income. She is regularly consulting with Village agriculture worker (VAW) project staff to know more regarding improved cultivation. She is preparing and using organic compost along with magic compost.
She is appreciating the efforts of Seba Jagat Skill training project which has changed her living standard. Other marginal farmers should follow Chhabila Pandar to improve their income from vegetable cultivation.