Nutri-smart villages under TSP

Tribal farmers from 17 tribal villages from Malda and 9 tribal villages from Murshidabad joined hand with ICAR-CISH-RRS, Malda for acquiring nutritional security and enhanced profitability by creating Nutri-Smart village. A whopping number of tribal families (1150) came forward for establishing orchard of fruit crops such as mango, guava, jamun and bael along with kitchen garden comprising of 8-10 different vegetables. Nutri-smart villages will have composting units and water harvesting structure for sustainable production of fruits, vegetables, poultry and fishes. These adopted families under Tribal Sub Plan will not only get nutritional assurance from home grown fruit and vegetables but will be able to get required animal protein from poultry and fish. The farm waste will be diverted towards the poultry and as fish feed. The targeted families can exchange surplus produce with community members or earn extra bucks from selling this surplus produce to local market. Nutri-smart village initiative can change the face of tribal population of west Bengal with sustainable effort. The initiative was inaugurated by Mr. Abdur Rezzak Mollah (Hon’ble Minister In-charge, Department of FPI & Horticulture, Govt. of West Bengal) on September 16, 2016 at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachi, Berhampore in presence of Dr. S. Rajan (Director, CISH, Lucknow), Swami Viswamayananda Ji (Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachi) Dr. P. K. Pramanick (Director of Horticulture, Govt. of West Bengal) and other dignitaries. Dr. Dipak Nayak (Scientist & In-Charge, ICAR-CISH Regional Research Station, Malda) coordinated the programme & proposed vote of thanks.