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Current Status of the IGDC Project
(till 20.7.2015)

  • In its six years of implementation, the IGDC Project has shown exemplary achievements by fulfilling major milestones mandated under the Project implementation agreement, both in terms of quantity and quality. The achievements have been highly appreciated and taken note of as commendable at various levels, viz., KfW, GIZ, GoI (DEA), other agencies (NABARD, SIDBI etc.).
  • Project impact: The average yearly income of the Project beneficiaries as per the survey conducted with 815 beneficiaries during October, 2013 by 3rd party have been found to have enhanced by INR 7,904/- through various land-based activities (only from selling of Agricultural crops viz., turmeric, zinger, chilly etc.) and INR 11145/- through various non land-based activities (Piggery, Goat rearing etc) undertaken by them vis-a-vis the baseline. The income of the beneficiaries will gradually increasing, as yield from mid and long term crops yet to be received by the beneficiaries. This is an additional income to their income earned through other interventions as well.
  • Changes in the state of environmental pressures: The sustainable management of land allotted under RoFR Act (patta land) and diversification of livelihood activities have reduced the pressure on surrounding forests due to reduced livelihood dependency on the forest. At least two main drivers of environmental pressure are being effectively addressed: (i) reduction in the expansion of shifting cultivation area (ii) reduction in conversion of shifting cultivation plots into wastelands due to faulty land management. The maintenance of permanent vegetal cover on the allotted patta land through creation of 3-tier plantations has ensured the restoration of degraded lands, most of which were erstwhile jhum lands. Through the project intervention, at least 8116 ha of Shifting cultivation land have been rehabilitated through three-tier plantation. At least 12231 jhumias have been benefitted through various land and non-land based activities thus reducing the new jhum areas. As per the survey conducted during 2014-15 with 5550 villagers who have benefited through direct land-based activities under the project, 40 % have completely given away jhum, 17% has partially reduced jhum and counting.
  • The project has constituted 70 Village Development Planning Implementation Committees (VDPIC) in its 70 project villages, which are democratic, dedicated and decentralized institutions at village level. VDPICs are responsible for overall planning and implementation of the project activities and are also the recipient of funds directly from PMA to carry out various activities.
  • Village Development Plan (VDP) exercise was completed in all the 70 project villages by 2011. Now, as VDP is a continuous process, and ground situations and need of the villagers are dynamic in nature, yearly revisiting of all the VDPs are beeing done through Participatory Rural Approach methods.
  • Till date, a total of 1251 training programmes including exposure visit were conducted through which 32926 participants were benefitted. Through these trainings 16280 patta holders were benefitted.
  • A total of 201 training programmes with 2436 villagers on types of vocational trainings / trades (Tailoring, Handloom / Weaving, Motor Driving, Basic computer learning etc.) have been completed. After completion of the trainings, these trainees were graded based on their performance during the training. These successful trainees are now provided material support to initiate IGAs. Till date, a total of 389 such successful vocational trainees were benefited through tolls and equipment support.
  • Out of 2436 VT trainees, 87 have successfully started there ventures at group or individual level. These villagers are now earning in a range of INR 3000 (tailoring) to INR 10000(Solar repairing)/month. Besides, all the 175 villagers trained in Motor Driving have chosen ‘Motor Driving’ as their livelihood and earning in a range of INR 3500- INR 7500/month.
  • After providing Livelihood Trainings to 10588 project beneficiaries in first round (on piggery, fishery, goat rearing, nursery creation, agarbatti stick making, mushroom farming etc.), selected ones (who have initiated IGA after 1st round training) have been chosen entitled for a refresher, 2nd round of Livelihood Trainings. Till date, 288 refresher livelihood training programmes with 7396 participants have been organized.
  • The Project has screened selected beneficiaries who have successfully initiated IGAs after 1st round / refresher training to undergo Advance and Refresher trainings on both Livelihood (Animal Husbandry based and Fishery) and Vocational trades. Till date, 6 advance livelihood covering 109 villagers and two advance vocational training 64 villagers have been conducted
  • For strengthening and empowering the VDPICs and SHGs, two rounds of Management & Accounting trainings have been conducted for both VDPICs and SHGs. Through this 5198 VDPIC and SHG members were capacitated. Besides this, the Project has taken initiative to enhance their participatory planning & monitoring skills through village level PRA exercise.
  • Till date, a total of 8956 ha plantation (Hill Slope/Top: 95%) were completed (2010-11: 800 ha, 2011-12: 1564 ha, 2012-13: 3961 ha, 2013-14: 2522 ha and 2014-15: 71 ha captive bamboo and 38.4 ha catchment area plantation; over patta land: 8116 ha). Through these plantations, at least 13253 villagers have been benefitted. Out of this 8956 ha, 8116 ha plantation was raised on patta land covering 12231 patta holders. Out of these plantations, 27 ha plantations covering 53 RoFR beneficiaries were undertaken in three villages through converging MGNREGA fund. From 2012-13 onwards, all the project plantation are being undertaken in the RoFR allotted land and funds are being disbursed to Beneficiary’s Bank A/c by the respective VDPIC. Estimated average annual income from mixed plantation: INR 63,000/patta holder
  • Till date, a total of 38 BMCs (one/Project village) have been formed. Documentations of PBR have been initiated in 27 Project villages
  • Till date, 1442 Villagers from 103 SHG and VDPIC groups are involved in project established DPNs and QPM-nurseries which leads a sustainable as well as viable IGA to them. Average income of these villagers was now stands at INR 6900/year.
  • Infrastructures for Quality Planting Material (QPM) in 15 villages were developed Water pump, water tank, tools, store room, generator etc. permanent assets/infrastructure were created in each QPM nurseries. Besides, process has been initiated to convert at least 5 of these QPMs in to hi-tech nursery (construction of poly houses, installation of sprinkler and fogger etc.). A total of 150 villagers belongs to 15 SHG/CIG groups were involved in these QPMs for their livelihood. A total of 59 beneficiaries were trained at HRC, Nagichera. The villagers involved in these nurseries are being top-up their per month income by INR 8000 to 8400.
  • Till date, 526 check dams and 16 rain water harvesting tanks were constructed covering 203 ha of water area where 4159 villagers from 257 SHGs and 73 Villagers Group are involved for fishery activity. Average income of this groups from fishery activity are now stands at INR 72000.
  • Till date, 10 Pig-cum-Pisciculture models and 3 Duck-cum- Pisciculture models were developed. A total of 137 beneficiaries belonging to 8 SHGs and 3 Villager Groups are benefited from this integrated fish farming models. These high yield fishery models were developed during 2014-15. Estimated income (after first cycle): INR 32000/HH/year.
  • Besides integrated fish farming, intensive support was also provided to 29 SHGs/Villagers Group to manage 52 Check dams for commercial fish farming. At least 426 villagers were benefitted through these commercial fish farming models.
  • To meet the need of bio-compost in Project established QPNs, mixed plantations, Captive Bamboo Plantations and also for sale in open market, a total of 93 villagers were provided EM kits. Estimated income: INR 10000/ month/HH
  • Till date, 459 SHGs with 5057 members (1944 Female and 3113 Male members) were constituted. A total of 172 SHGs have been linked with SGSY Scheme. A total of 4314 SHG (391 SHGs) members were assisted through seed money for diversifying activities like piggery, goat rearing, fishery, poultry farming, duck rearing, nursery, broom making, mushroom, cattle farming, turmeric-ginger plantation grocery shop. The SHG members have been raised there HH income by INR 11145/year through these MSEs.
  • Sixty Household Groups other than SHGs were constituted for undertaking IGAs in 41 villages. In total, 3075 HHs were covered under these informal groups who undertook diverse IGAs such as Poultry (Croyler), Goat rearing, Piggery, Decoration-cum-tent house, Rice mill, Duckery, Egg layering, Ginger and Turmeric plantation, Generator rentals, Sewing machines, Computer institutes.
  • As part of the enterprise/cluster development, various product-based clusters are being established. E.g. Turmeric cluster involving 150 villagers at Damcherra RD Block, Fish cluster in collaboration with ICR involving 16 villagers at Dumburnagar RD Block, Agarbatti clusters in collaboration with TBM involving 60 villagers in 3 villages under Ambassa & Salema RD Block, Mushroom cluster in collaboration with TBM involving 160 villagers from 14 SHGs at Salema & Durga Chowmuhani RD Block, Rice mill at Gurudhan para ADC village. Last year, cluster members under Dumburnagar fishery cluster has earned a profit of INR 3.70 lakh. Groups involved in the mushroom clusters are earning in a range of INR 5000- INR 7000/ month. The cluster members of Thumsarai para turmeric cluster have already harvested 10500 Kg of raw turmeric market value of which pegged at INR 2.10 lakh. Average per month income of the Agarbatti cluster members are now stands at INR 25000. The MSE members involved at Gurudhan para Rice mill are now earning INR 5000-7000/month.
  • To promote Income Generating Activities (IGAs) for SHGs/Joint Liability Interest Groups/ individuals, the IGDC Project has introduced a Corpus- to be managed as a Revolving Fund facility (RF facility) at the level of VDPIC. As a part of implementation of the RF concept, to built capacity of the VDPICs to manage RF fund, 8 Block level workshop and 5 state level workshop involving 534 representatives from the VDPICs and project officials have already been completed. Till date, a total of INR 145 lakh was disbursed to 63 VDPIC as 1st installment under RF.

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