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AHIMSA Groups

In the financial year 2015-16, AHIMSA Farmers Clubs, Women’s Club and Youth Clubs are functioned with the members of 6,47,486. AHIMSA’s this noteworthy efforts has also been appreciated by the government departments and banks. NABARD has distributed incentives to those groups.

UPDATED BENEFICIARIES DATA 2015-16.

S.No Groups 2015-16
1 Farmers Clubs 12,588
2 Women’s Clubs 15,441
3 Youth Clubs 4569
Total Groups 40,064
Members 6,47,486

UPDATED BENEFICIARIES DATA

S.No Groups 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
1 Farmers Clubs 10,174 10,536 10,802 11,768 12,588
2 Women’s Clubs 12,688 13,196 13,514 14,281 15,441
3 Youth Clubs 3,827 3,943 4,041 4,324 4,569
Total Groups 26,689 27,675 28,357 30,786 40,064
Members 5,18,642 5,46,517 5,58,796 6,07,422 6,47,486

AHIMSA Farmers Clubs

Mass suicides of farmers kept increasing rapidly around the country due to

Farmers play a very important role in India. They take responsibility to feed the billion populations. But, in turn the farmers do not get any justice. They are treated unfairly. Life to them has only been full of hardships and toils.

To relieve the farmers in distress and to alleviate their miseries, AHIMSA ventured into the field of Agriculture. A revolving fund was generated for the purpose.

Initially Farmers Clubs were formed consisting of 20 members each and were given awareness in the commercialisation of Agricultural crops, to cultivate at a low cost by changing the traditional farming method and using innovative, advanced modern technology, rotation of crops, intercropping, etc without affecting the fertility of the soil, thereby increasing the Nutritive value of the crops and increasing the yield. Unlike in the traditional farming methods, income generation is assured from the first month onwards.

AHIMSA also helped bridge the gap between the farmers and consumers thereby enhancing the revenue for the farmers and ensuring the consumer to receive non-adulterated, high quality food items for reasonable rates without middlemen. To achieve this end there is an expert team consisting of Agricultural Scientists, Agricultural Engineers, and experts in Soil Science, Water Management, Pest Control, Food Processing, Forestry and Marketing.Our AHIMSA Farmers Clubs has doing their cultivation of Agricultural produces, Horticultural produces, Herbal Plants, Jatropha Cultivation and Animal Husbandry. The beneficiaries of the Farmers Clubs are given below

S.No Year Farmer Club (Nos) Jatropha cultivation in acres Agri cultivation in acres Horticulture cultivation in acres Herbals cultivation in acres Floriculture in Acres
1 2011-12 16,813 79,292 1,98,650 1,32,028 24,816 1,314
2 2012-13 18,233 79,312 2,05,563 1,40,070 24,992 1,402
3 2013-14 18,535 79,354 2,47,677 2,12,045 25,307 1,464
4 2014-15 19,655 79,552 3,12,442 3,43,007 32,445 2,065
5 2015-16 20,142 79,552 3,14,240 3,47,050 32,612 2,088

Agri produce in Metric Tons

Year Vegetables Fruits Herbals Hill products Spices Flowers Biodiesel Pulses Rice Millets
2013-14 20,615 12,450 30,000 4,815 5,650 4,600 8,312 30,000

Since the Financial Year, 2003 - 2006, AHIMSA Farmers Club (AFCs) cultivating the Jatropha Curcas successfully and the AFCs last year production is 8,312 tons of Jatropha seeds. AHIMSA has procured the deeds based on the current market rate, Rs.20,000/ton. Due to the severe drought and climate changes, farmers are reluctant to concentrate the Jatropha cultivation. Due to that reason, last year ACFs produces 8,312 tons only. We also supply the seeds to the Central Government Deportment like Railways, Defence and also marketed to private oil producers with the profit of 10 percent for the administration cost of the organization. As per our project estimates, AHIMSA may be yearned Rs.3 Crores through our AFCs production as 2,00,000 tons to 3,00,000 tons of Jatropha seeds. But we are achieved only 6,146 tons only. We earned the profit of Rs.1,61,46,000/- from Jatropha seeds. We have promised to assist our AFCs, through borrowing the bank loan for the cultivation of Jatropha plants. Due to the non-cooperation of the bankers, we are difficult to support our AFCs. So, the AFC farmers were reluctant to do their farm works. That is the major reason to the lower production of Jatropha seeds. In some farmers abandoned their cultivation works. For the purpose of regenerating the Jatropha cultivation works, we have arranging financial assistance from our Revolving Fund(RF). The bankers stopped the financial assistance to AHIMSA, due to the following Experts Committee under the leadership of Mr. Katchi Jamal, Farmer Assistant Director of Horticulture Department; Mr.S.T.Perumal, Mr. Arul Moni, Mr. Kannan, Mrs. Rajalakshmi and Mr.Anbarasu.

Through the field inspection by the field inspection by the aforementioned committee, did the collection of repayment of the loan amount. The repayment collection is on very slow process due to the reason such as climatic change, Lower production and poverty among the Farmers.
The following table shows the current year income generation by AHIMSA AGRI DIVISION.

S.No Activities Production Quantity Income
1 Bio- Diesel Production 8,312 166.24 1,66,24,000
2 Vegetable Sales 20,615 82.46 2,02,30,000
3 Fruits Sales 12,450 57.6 1,49,00,000
4 Spices Sales 30,000 135.00 1,50,00,000
5 Herbal Sales 5,650 24.20 1,13,00,000
6 Flowers Sales 4,600 23.92 1,26,00,000
7 Crops from Hilly Region 4,815 11.6 1,20,37,500
8 Milk Production 42,000 84.00 1,26,00,000
9 Other Income - - 42,10,600
Total 585.08 11,95,02,1000

Crop Loan

For the purpose of the benefits of the farmers engaged in Contract Farming, AHIMSA has made a mutual agreement with the Canara Bank, State Bank of India. The 96 beneficiaries got benefitted through that agreement for the cultivation of 1640 acres lands. But, the State Bank of India has not yet been giving financial assistance to the farmers. From the Bank of Baroda and the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Banks, 62 farmers got benefitted.

Contract Farming

The era of globalization, the concept of ‘Contract Farming’ is an effective way to co-ordinate and promotes production and marketing in agriculture. “Contract Farming can be defined as an agreement between farmers and processing or marketing firms for the production and supply of agricultural products under forward agreements, frequently at predetermined prices.” The main feature of Contract Farming is that the buyer/contractor supplies all the material inputs and technical advice required for cultivation to the cultivator. This approach is widely used, not only for tree and cash crops but also, increasingly for fruits and vegetables. AHIMSA has identified the poor landless agri. labourers in all over Tamil Nadu and for their livelihood support; AHIMSA has acquired 3500 acres of lands in Kariapatti and Aruppukkottai in Virudhunagar District and doing ‘Contract Farming’. The AHIMSA Youth Club-Madurai Division has taken over the works and does it better progress. Meanwhile, AHIMSA Youth Club-Chennai Metro has also been doing cultivation through ‘Contract Farming’ in 3,000 acres of lands acquired in Chengam. By these unique farming activities, more than 470 poor families benefitted including 172 Nari Koravah peoples and 238, Adi-Dravida peoples and 61 other Backward Class peoples. At the same time, AHIMSA Youth Club, Vellore Division has take over 220 acres of lands for Contract Farming and cultivate multi crops. For this farm, 80 Primitive Tribes also benefitted. By these innovative approaches, we have achieved our goals such as poverty alleviation, Food Security and this farming methods shows model project in our nation.

AHIMSA Women’s Clubs

The Empowerment of women through Self Help Groups(SHGs) would lead to benefits not only to the individual women and women groups but also the families and community as a wholethrough collective action for development.

The concept of promoting more and more Women Self Help Groups has not found the purpose of eradicating the poverty – In AHIMSA Women’s Clubs, they are produces nursery plants and sale it to the AHIMSA Farmers Clubs(AFCs) and others. Meanwhile they are engaging themselves to the Bio-Fertilizer Production, Farm Maintenance, collecting oilseeds etc., for their regular income generation. The WSHG handling so many traditional occupations as cottage industries (i.e. pichla preparation, doll making, appalam, vadam etc. Ultimately does not get any amount for their way subsistence. As the products finished by them does not reach the consumer directly because of too many middlemen operation in the process of marketing. Hence nothing remains for their survival after putting effort and hard work unable to repay even the small working capital raised as loan from Banks.

AHIMSA Youth Clubs

The present day youth of our society are more dynamic in their thoughts, more aspiring to come up in life, packed with vigour they should be molded by means of proper training and guidance, fitting to their qualification and caliber, to protect their interest and indirectly to the Nation’s strength. The need of the hour is to convert the youth to multi-skilled and employable force which boost employment opportunities and generation of self-employment. AHIMSA identified the youth, encourages, guide and train the unused manpower and creates entrepreneurs.

The Youth are grouped in clubs where they assist the Farmers clubs; reduce the time consumed by traditional farming methods by utilization of advanced technology, assist in the marketing of Agricultural produce, increases revenue of farmers and youth by value addition of agricultural produce and so on.

Programmes

Supply Chain Marketing Outlets

Based on the notification of last year Annual Report, 50 Supply Chain Marketing Outlets were started in 50 various places for the welfare of Women’s Club and Youth Clubs. Due to initiating the new business ventures, reducing the gap between the producers and consumers. The consumers procured new and fresh essential commodities with nominal prices and they supporting to our efforts and initiatives regularly. Through this new business initiatives, paving the bright way to the number of members from our women’s clubs and youth clubs getting a regular job as well as improving their livelihoods and AHIMSA has also mobilize income through this initiatives and it support to carryout our community development initiatives. Our successful initiatives have also been exposed by the way of mass media like Radio, T.V. and News Papers. In this occasion, we are proud to announcing to extend this project in another 50 places and it would be covered more than 500 unemployed youth.

Milestone

The portfolio management of AHIMSA with the objective of promoting social welfare activities such as poverty alleviation, literacy development employment generation and rural health programmes is by its income generated from industrious innovative programmes owned and operated by it.

New Way to Combating the Rural Poverty

Rural poverty is often a product of poor infrastructure that hinders development and mobility. Rural areas tend to lack sufficient roads that would increase access to agricultural inputs and markets. Poor infrastructure hinders communication, resulting in social isolation among the rural poor, many of whom have limited access to media and news outlets. Such isolation hinders integration with urban society and established markets, which could result in greater development and economic security. Moreover, poor or nonexistent irrigation systems threaten agricultural yields because of uncertainty in the supply of water for crop production. Many poor rural areas lack any irrigation to store or pump water, resulting in fewer crops, fewer days of employment and less productivity.

The development of appropriate cropping raises a farm’s productivity. Successful alternative crop farming developments that aid the rural poor are achieved through bottom-up policies that involve technological innovations that require few external inputs and little monetary investment. The most effective innovations are based on the active participation of small farmers, who are involved in both defining the problems and implementing and evaluating solutions.

Introduction of Alternative Crop as Jatropha

In 2003, the Government of India had introduced a scheme for Alternative Crops with the following objectives: -Employment Generation -Wasteland Development – Fossil Fuel Import Reduction A credit-linked back ended subsidy Scheme was announced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India through the NOVOD [National Oil Seeds and Vegetable Oil Development]

Jatropha is considered to be drought tolerant and possible to cultivate on degraded, sandy and saline soils with low nutrient content. Nitrogen and phosphorous inputs may be required for high yields 13,31,36 but nutrient re circulates through the leaf fall reduces the need for fertilizer input. It is estimated that three-year old Jatropha plants return about 21 kg N per hectare back to the soil, although the quantity and nutrient content of the fallen leaves from the Jatropha plant vary with plant age and fertilizer application. Jatropha can be grown in broad spectrum of rainfall regimes, from 300 to 3000 mm, either in the fields as a commercial crop or as hedges along the field boundaries to protect other plants from grazing animals and to prevent erosion .

There is limited knowledge about the actual water requirement of Jatropha in different agro-ecological regions. However minimum and optimum rainfall to produce harvestable Jatropha fruits is assessed as 500- 600 and 1000-1500 mm/ yr in arid and semi-arid tropics, respectively3,12 In India, rapid urbanization coupled with industrialization and economic growth drives increasing energy demand and substantial import of crude petroleum oil. Since beginning of the 1990s India’s oil imports has increased more than five-fold and has considerable influence on the country’s foreign exchange expenditures. The Indian economy is expected to continue to grow with resulting further increase in energy demand and rising oil imports, projected to reach 166 and 622 million tons by 2019 and 2047, respectively, which can be compared to the 110.85 million tons of crude oil that was imported in 2006-07.

Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.), commonly known as “purging nut” or “physic nut”, is a tropical, perennial deciduous, C3 plant belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. It adapted to perform best under conditions of warm temperatures and, as with many members of the family Euphorbiaceae, contains compounds that are highly toxic.

Jatropha has its native distributional range in Mexico, C. America and part of S. America, but has today a pan tropical distribution. Productivity of Jatropha depends on precipitation rates, soil moisture availability, soil characteristics including fertility, genetics, plant age and various management factors like pruning, fertilization, and disease control. Annual yield levels at 2-3 tons dry seeds has been proposed as achievable in semi-arid areas and on wastelands, while 5 tons /ha can be obtained with good management on good soils receiving 900-1200 mm average annual rainfall reported potential Jatropha yields as high as 7.8 tons dry seed ha-1 yr-. The decorticated seeds yield about 28-40% oil14, which can be transesterified and used for producing biodiesel.

AHIMSA in Bio Diesel Production

AHIMSA has been cultivating Jatropha through its Farmers Clubs in all over Tamil Nadu. The Farmers Club members cultivating that bio diesel plants in 60,000 acres and gives annual yields of 12,000 tons. AHIMSAs’ Endeavour has also been appreciated by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and aided to establish a Bio Diesel Extraction Industry and a Bio Diesel Laboratory at Dindigul. Number of experts from various states in India and foreign nations visited to AHIMSA Project areas and Bio Diesel Industry and appreciating the efforts and gives their moral supports too. The produced bio diesel has been supplied to the Ministry of Defence and the Railways department.

Animal Husbandry

Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries sectors play an important role in the Indian economy and in the socio-economic development of the nation. These sectors also play a vital role in supplementing family incomes and generating gainful employment in the rural sector, among the landless laborers, small and marginal farmers and women in particular, besides providing cost effective nutritional food to millions of people. AHIMSA imparting number of Skill Development Training programmes and Livelihood support among the Rural Men, Women and Youths.

Year Milch Animals (in Nos) Milk Production (MT) Poultry (in Nos) Goat (in Nos) Fishery (MT)
2013 -14 4,135 1,26,000 10.62 Lakhs 91,240 14.60 MT

AHIMSA – Environmental Development – Tree Plantation

The subject “Environment Protection” has produced heat waves of discussion in the Global arena and The United Nations climate talk in “Copenhagen” involving nearly 192 countries active participation endorses the view. Scientists opine that a rise of 2 degree C will rob many of their livelihoods and push them to the edge of hunger. Similarly a rise of 3 degree C will cause a rise in the sea level and mass extinction of species. From their findings a single tree would observe 20 Kilograms of carbon-dioxide and emit 14 Kilograms of oxygen and so on.

As one of our objectives is to contribute towards environment protection and reduction of Global Warming, through reduced CO2 emission

As one of our objectives is to contribute towards environment protection and reduction of Global Warming, through reduced CO2 emission we have launched our “Tree Plantation program” in the presence of our Former President His Excellency “Bharat Ratna” Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on the 6th of June 2011 at Villupuram to coincide with the World Environment day. The laudable objective of the programme is to plant 6.5 crore saplings to start with to cover 6.5 crore population of Tamil Nadu.

The seedlings selected for the Tree planting program are

The seedlings namely Jatropha, Pungamia and Neem will be planted according to the soil condition of a particular location. The produces from these plants are processed for their bio-fuel as well as medicinal values. The required seedlings were produced with the help of our Women self-help groups in 42 districts throughout Tamil Nadu for the tree planting programme. The planting of 6.5 crore seedlings will be carried out by AHIMSA’s Volunteers, unemployed youth, labourers, NSS Students from various colleges, School students and also Multi National companies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

AHIMSA Primitive Tribes Livelihood Promotion Programmes

AHIMSA has much interest to develop the primitive tribes’ socio-economic condition by coordinating all concerned departments, organizations to identify the deprived primitive tribal communities and draw a special development project plan to promote them with self reliant. Its first phase is to promote Awareness generation and their income generation and the second phase to develop a model tribal village by the way of their sustainable income generation activities under the AHIMSA-Primitive Tribes Livelihood Promotion programmes. The proposal has drawn to construct a full fledged habitation with equipped all basic infrastructures. For this dream project, AHIMSA constitutes a five members Development Committee, including two members from tribal communities and a state level coordinator from AHIMSA and with each one member from two related organizations. This committee has been giving consultation, guidance, develop sub plans, implementation and monitoring, inspecting the works progressed.

Scheduled Tribes in Tamil Nadu

More or less 6, 51,321 scheduled Tribes with 37 sub castes in Tamil Nadu. Six types of Primitive Tribal communities like Irula, Thoda, Kotta, Kaani, Paniyaa and Paliyar prevailing in all over Tamil Nadu. Looking on their lifestyle is pathetic. Not only in Tamil Nadu, but all over India has shown in the same scenario. AHIMSA has aimed to promote their livelihoods and socio-economic level and it has planned to create a model Tribal development plan covered to its working area Thiruvannamalai District. The essential characteristics of these communities are primitive traits, geographical isolation, distinctive culture, and shyness of contact with the community at large and economic backwardness. These scheduled tribes are so backward that they have been defined as 'Primitive Tribes' with specific characteristics such as pre-agricultural level of technology, declining or stagnant population and very low level of literacy.

Based on the Primitive Tribal community’s previous occupations and their gained experiences, present lifestyle and AHIMSAs proposal also consider their future needs for implementing its proposed development works incorporated the advanced technological inputs and in consultation with the premier Tribal development organizations to its Tribal Development Project.

Desi Birds & Bucks Distribution among the Tribes

Drought is a natural, recurring climatic feature which stems from lack of rainfall over an extended period of time (i.e. a season or several years resulting in severe shortage of water resources). In the year 2011-12, no seasonal rain falls and severe drought due to the North West monsoon failure in Tamil Nadu. It severely affects the normal life of most rural population and their agricultural works. Its severity affects more tribal peoples than other community. AHIMSA sought a relief to that tribal victims and supporting them through ICAR-Tribal Sub Plan (TSP), to distributed Desi Birds and Bucks among the Primitive Tribes in 13 tribal villages of Thurinjapuram and Keezhpennathur Blocks of Thiruvannamalai District, in association with the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University, Chennai on 20.03.2013 and 25.02.2014. Around 914 tribal families have got benefitted. Tribal sub-plan mechanism involving area specific development and special schemes for numerically small and economically and socially more marginalized vulnerable groups, has made minimum headway.

POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME FOR RURAL AND URBAN PEOPLES:

AHIMSA sought a relief to the needy peoples in Rural and Urban areas by supporting them through “Indhira Awaas Yojana” granted by Government of India. This scheme will provide a sustainable shelter to the peoples who were homeless, under below poverty line and destitute peoples. AHIMSA identified the trained peoples from AHIMSA youth clubs and will be utilized for construction of buildings with a low cost techniques. AHIMSA was in the progress of Start –up by preparing Detailed Project Report, Financial Budget Plan etc. AHIMSA seeks take exemption for the purchased raw material from the Government of India.

Industrial Motivation Camps

AHIMSA jointly organized Industrial Motivation Camps with the MSME(Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Development Institute, Chennai and Khadi and Village Industries (KVIC),Indian Instituted of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) and College for food and Diary Technology(CFDT) to the rural aspirants.

Poverty Alleviation Programme for Drought Affected Tribal People

Drought is a natural, recurring climatic feature which stems from lack of rainfall over an extended period of time (i.e. a season or several years resulting in severe shortage of water resources). In the year 2011-12, no seasonal rain falls and severe drought due to the North West monsoon failure in Tamil Nadu. It severely affects the normal life of most rural population and their agricultural works. Its severity affects more tribal peoples than other community. AHIMSA sought a relief to that tribal victims and supporting them through ICAR-Tribal Sub Plan (TSP), to distributed Desi Birds and Bucks among the Primitive and Hill Tribes in 13 tribal villages of Thurinjapuram, Keezhpennathur, Chengam and Jamuna Marathur Blocks of Thiruvannamalai District, in association with the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University, Chennai. Around 914 tribal families have got benefitted. In addition, AHIMSA has been imparting Skill Development training programmes for their self employment, under the ICAR-Tribal Sub Plan. Tribal sub-plan mechanism involving area specific development and special schemes for numerically small and economically and socially more marginalized vulnerable groups, has made minimum headway.

AHIMSA has jointly organized with MSME-Development Institute, Guindy number of Skill Development Training programmes for AHIMSA-Youth and Women’s Club Members.

AHIMSA in association with Kadhi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India to imparting number of Skill Development Training programmes among the AHIMSA Youth and Women Club members.

AHIMSA has organized ‘Food Value Addition Training programme’ for AHIMSA Women’s Club members (Aarani Rice Cluster) in association with Indian Institute of Crop Processing Training (IICPT), Thanjavur.

AHIMSA and the Tamil Nadu Animal Sciences and Veterinary University has also jointly conducted number of Skill Development Training programmes on Animal Husbandry, Poultry, Goat Rearing etc.

Industrial Promotion for Scheduled Tribes

AHIMSA in collaboration with Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India imparted campaign for Scheduled Tribes on Skill development and Industrial promotion. The Motto of the campaign was to motivate and encourage the Schedule Tribes to start an industrial production unit as new business and to develop their social status and their community.

AHIMSA – Development Programme for Urban Slum Poor

Urban poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon. The urban poor live with many deprivations. Their daily challenges may include:

But urban poverty is not just a collection of characteristics; it is also a dynamic condition of vulnerability or susceptibility to risks. In order to provide a richer understanding of urban poverty, this site presents these two analytical frameworks (i) a dynamic framework of poverty (vulnerability and asset ownership) and (ii) the multiple characteristics of poverty and its cumulative impacts.

AHIMSA has selected its development initiatives to the area of ‘Kanangi Nagar’. It is a backward area and it has a background of crimes. AHIMSA has studied Kanangi Nagar Peoples lifestyle based on their skills, education and needs. Based on the findings of that study, the following programmes have been planned:

  1. One Waste Recycling Industry.
  2. Fashion Designing & Readymade Garments Unit.
  3. Low-cost Building Materials Production Unit.
  4. Low cost Wooden Furniture Manufacturing Unit.
  5. Low-Cost Iron products Production Unit.
  6. Low-Cost Housing Construction Unit.
  7. Low-cost Departmental Stores.
  8. Transportation Unit.
  9. Highway side Motels.
  10. Urban BPO Centre.

By implementing those programmes, more than 2,000 people have to be benefitted. For this purpose, AHIMSA has made MoU with the Rajiv Gandhi National Youth Development Institute for providing Skill Training Programmes among the selected target people. At, present, AHIMSA has arranged employment opportunities for 60 women members from Kannagi Nagar to the ‘Amma Farm Fresh Vegetable Shops’ as sales women, it is a part of emergency relief of the Kannagi Nagar Project.

Agricultural Extension

Based on the Central Government’s Food Security policy, the barren lands of our working areas were identified and extend it for suitable crop cultivation depending upon its soil and water conditions, introducing integrated cultivation activities including value addition of the produces and export the products to the foreign nations. That kinds of activities are opening a gateway of generating employment opportunities and income generation among the unemployed youths. Aarani and Arakkonam areas shows our model project areas.

Aarani: Aarani is a familiar Rice Production Centre in the State, but, the farmers had been getting very low rate for rice. Therefore, AHIMSA organized Value Addition Skill Development Training programme for Rice Based Products with using of advanced technology imparted by the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Thanjavur. AHIMSA has organized farmers Club and arranged 5,000 acres of lands for Organic Farming. AHIMSA Women’s Club and Youth Club has joint together to proposed to establish a ‘Rice Cluster Industrial Estate’ and plan to produce Rice based Food Products on international standard and market it domestic and foreign markets.

Arakkonam: AHIMSA Youth Clubs Vellore Region had make efforts to acquired 85 acres of lands for ‘Leased out’ at Ramapuram village of Thiruvelangadu Panchayat Union in Thiruthani Taluk of Thiruvallur District. The land has been prepared for ‘Organic Farming’ and cultivating Cash Crops, Horticultural crops and Herbal plants. This farm gives regular works to the deprived Primitive Tribal Peoples; those are victims of severe drought and climatic change. AHIMSA revamping their income generation activities and promote their livelihoods. Now, AHIMSA has proposed to start ‘Animal Husbandry Unit’ for the additional employment generation for 25 poor Primitive Tribes, Adi-Dravidar and most backward families’ livelihood support. For that purpose, AHIMSA Youth Club approach the District Collector, request to grant 10 acres of barren gracing lands of the Panchayat of Ramapuram.

In accordance with the local peoples demands like the bank loan facilities for cattle rearing, poultry, piggery, fishery and goat rearing, AHIMSA has made MoU with the Milk Companies such as Milma, Heritage and Arokiya for supplying milk and has also made agreement with the Multi National Company, ‘ Lotte’ for supplying milk. Lotte demanding liquid glucose derived from Maize in a large scale and they are willing to establish a Liquid Glucose Production Unit in the centre place of the cultivation area. It required 5,00,000 acres of land for Maize Cultivation under the contract farming. AHIMSA conducting a field study for the feasibility of maize cultivation and farmers’ cooperation at Thiruvannamalai and Virudhunagar districts.

FARMERS PRODUCER ORGANISATIONS

To build a prosperous and sustainable agriculture sector by promoting and supporting member-owned producer Organisations, that enable farmers to enhance productivity through efficient, cost-effective and sustainable resource use and realize higher returns for their produce, through collective action supported by the government and fruitful collaboration with academia, research agencies, civil society and the private sector. The formation and development of FPOs will be actively encouraged and supported by the Central and State Governments and their agencies, using financial resources from various Centrally-sponsored and State-funded schemes in the agriculture sector agencies.

AHIMSA Housing Programme

After independence, housing was accorded a relatively low priority in the National Development programme in India, presumably with the objective of keeping it basically a private sector activity. Insofar as the provision of civic amenities is concerned, there have been considerable improvements in the access of people to such amenities over the years although shortages in housing and infrastructure do continue. Over the years there has been a gradual shift in the role of the Government from a ‘provider’ to a ‘facilitator’, ensuring access to developed land, basic services, building materials, technology, construction skills and finance so that housing can be undertaken as a people's programme. The facilitating approach aims at fostering strong public-private partnerships with the provision of appropriate incentives to the private sector, promotion of housing finance institutions, propagation of alternate building materials and technologies and extension of support to NGOs, CBOs, co-operatives and the private sector.

AHIMSA has already been imparted Building Construction Technology Training to 120 Youth Club members. Preparatory works are progressed to start the construction works in our project areas, with the Government Assistance. AHIMSA has proposed to select one interior village and proceed to collect the housing survey and finding out the needy people and propose to initiating Housing and Sanitation project implemented by using of the trained 120 youths. They are able to get sustainable employment opportunities and the village has creating valuable assets. Through this project we shall achieve the UNO Declaration as ‘Home for All’ in our project areas.

AHIMSA and Daimler Mercedes Benz Joint Venture Initiative

As per our Project Plan, Jatropha cultivation has also been started in 1,000 acres of lands in the selected three villages (Kodiyalam, Koodalur and Theyarmadam) of Thellar Panchayat Union, Vandhavasi Taluk, Thiruvannamalai District for alternative fuel production and proposed to creating a ‘Model Jatropha Farm’ with the support of German Motor Company, Daimler Mercedes Benz.

Conservation of water bodies:Both surface and groundwater today in India is facing huge quality and quality threat. Urban areas are facing water logging due to torrential rain. It is time to engineer the ferocious events of rain. Channelizing and holding rain water must become the nation’s mission. Lakes, ponds, tanks which are built to hold water must be protected. These water bodies not only provide drinking water, support livelihoods and biodiversity but also control the rate of runoff and subsequently control the runoff.

AHIMS has planned to implement tree planting project covered all ponds, tanks by the AHIMSA Farmers, Women and Youth Clubs. Data collection process has been going on. This project is being a unique model to protect the environment, global warming and promoting fish culture in the selected water bodies by the way of desilting the ponds, reservoirs, tanks and using the embankment to the cultivation of suitable plants by AHIMSA Farmers clubs. The proposals have sent to the Central and State Governments for financial supports.

AHIMSA AGRI NEWS

As per our Project Plan, Jatropha cultivation has also been started in 1,000 acres of lands in the selected three villages (Kodiyalam, Koodalur and Theyarmadam) of Thellar Panchayat Union, Vandhavasi Taluk, Thiruvannamalai District for alternative fuel production and proposed to creating a ‘Model Jatropha Farm’ with the support of German Motor Company, Daimler Mercedes Benz.