Non-Farm Based Livelihood
The state has 2,542 villages affected by the salinity issues. To curb the core concern, CoastalSalinity Prevention Cell has projected to operate over 75k sustainable livelihood household across 500 Villages by the year 2020. Apart from the agriculture area, Salinity poses major management problem in many different fields. The CSPC program manages to build a robust design to increase the productivity on the farms through different engagement programs in,
With the objectives of Promoting groundwater recharge through the support of various natural resources management activities and to integrate Natural Resources Management (NRM) with the promotion of sustainable agriculture in saline conditions, CSPC largely address the below concern in the area of Agriculture,
- Traditionally farmers grow Groundnut, Cotton, pigeon pea (Kharif) and Wheat, Cumin and Coriander (Rabi)
- In Saline prone areas farmers have mango, coconut and chickoo orchards
- Farmers involved in Animal Husbandry face difficulty due to lack of availability of fodder
CSPC is a link for the integration of Farmers to enhance the crop knowledge, IEC dissemination and integrated Pest and disease management. Through such blueprint of the plan, CSPC has been efficient enough to achieve its target for the current year and aim for the next milestone in 2020.
B. Natural Resources
The indigenous community is standing up for raising the Irrigation Scheme for utilization of existing water for enhancing the agriculture productivity benefitting 36 farmers with a common area of 219 hectares on Dhatrwadi River in Rajula block of Amreli. There has been a significant achievement in the area by fulfilling the construction and renovation of,
- 3 Check Dams in Kodinar blocks of Gir to enhance the ground-water table through which the total area of reducing the TDS.
- 40 farm ponds to enhance support irrigation in the dry land of Dev BhoomiDwarka area.
- Well recharging activities benefitting 124 farmers in Mahuva, Dwarka and Kodinar block to enhance the ground-water table through which the total area of 306-acre land is likely to be benefited.
- Farm bunding in 18 acres of areas in Rajula block of Amreli and Anjar block of Kutch district for in-situ moisture conservation and improvement of land.
The above activities are supported by a constant promotion of Micro Irrigation Systems i.e Drip and Sprinkler with 1,066 farmers in a 1,990hectares land of coastal area of Gujarat. At-large covering 35.08 mcft of additional water facility since April 1, 2015
CSPC runs a parallel wing of providing the improved fodder seed and quality cattle feed to the farmers in the project area through various CBOs and institutions. The purpose of the intervention is to enhance milk productivity of animals by creating a link with the milk producer companies and the farmer in the coastal region of Gujarat.