CDS, an association of a group of committed and professional social workers, has been working in the field of integrated rural development. The focus of the organization is empowerment of poor and marginalized section of the society through intervention with active involvement of the community.
In course of its intervention SANKALP, USA has supported the organization to implement a project titled â€Promotion of Agro-Horticultural Activities among Women Farmers for Livelihood Enhancement in Banarpal & Angul Block of Angul District in Odishaâ€
The project encouraged 100 women farmers to undertake agro-horticultural activities, especially vegetable cultivations and daily consumables fruits like papaya, banana (ripe and raw), and drum sticks etc. as backyard products. With a little help and motivation, the target group can grow vegetables and fruits that will not only fulfill the needs of the family but will generate enough surpluses to earn some money for their families.
All the beneficiaries are provided with quality planting materials like hybrid seedling of papaya, drum-stick, and tissue culture of banana along with different kind of seeds like potato, tomato, onion, pumpkin, beans, green leaves (palang) etc.
To educate the women farmers on scientific and improved agricultural practices and increase the production and productivity of the land, CDS organised an exposure visit programme. The basic objective of this visit was development of skills and capacities of these women farmers as regards scientific and integrated agriculture.
In addition to the above to enhance food and nutritional security and income generation of the families of these women farmers covered under the project, CDS also arranged 70 Kg seeds of high yeilding pigeonpea varieties (for example ICPL 14002) through the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Odisha state office, Bhubaneswar & distributed among them.