“The Nursery has created new livelihood opportunities for the people. We can even use the plants for reforestation activities around the village. We have received full support from everyone in the village for the initiative. I am thankful that Kandra is getting such attention from IEMaC project.”
says Mrs. Ram Kali Kushram,
Kandra village Head, Mandla, Madhya Pradesh
PSN SHG members sowing the Nursery beds
With the onset of summer, a nursery for propagating commercially and ecologically important plant species has been successfully established in Ghughri block of Mandla district, Madhya Pradesh, India. A strip of 2-acre barren community land in one of the twenty-five project villages of the landscape was identified for the purpose. The land was offered by Mrs. Ram Bai Kushram, local village head for the demonstration of Non-timber forest product (NTFPs), fuelwood and fodder management techniques.
A survey was conducted in the project villages for identification of home use, commercially and ecologically important indigenous NTFPs species in Mandla which could be grown in the Nursery. Emphasis was given to species under human stress in the region. Based on the results, species like Amla (Phyllanthus embelica), Bael (Aegle marmelos), Harra (Terminalia chebula), Chironji (Buchanania lanzan), Bhilwa (Semecarpus anacardium), Khamer (Gmelina arborea) and Mahua (Madhuca latifolia) are currently being grown in the Nursery amongst other 18 major local species.
Two existing local women self-help groups (Maa Vaishno and Jai Durgae) have been entrusted with the management of the nursery. With further support from the project team, the two self-help groups have organized themselves in a single 20 member strong women group – ‘Paudh Samvardhan Nursery (PSN) Women Self Help Group’. Four days training to the SHG members on ‘Nursery Management Techniques’ including a one-day exposure visit to the 150 acres vegetable nursery in Singarpur, Madhya Pradesh sponsored by Department of Horticulture and Food processing, Mandla, Madhya Pradesh was also imparted.
“This initiative has empowered our women group. The future income from the nursery would be directly debited to our SHG’s account.’’ Says Mrs. Ram Bai, President of PSN SHG group.
The intervention is part of ‘Innovations in Ecosystem Management and Conservation’ (IEMaC) project initiated and approved by USAID under the Innovations in Forest Management (INFoRM) Program.