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Rural women embark on path to emancipation

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DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 � In an area where standing crops often get devoured and trampled by marauding herds of wild buffalloes and at times destroyed by over enthusiastic monkeys, who feast on them, the rural women in Kachamari Deori Gaon fearlessly go on with rabi and kharif crop cultivation as the surrounding locality hardly has scope for alternative income.

The group of village women who have been undertaking crop cultivation independently since the past few years have grown mustard in a 12 bigha plot of land this year. They have been cultivating in the plot since 2009. The plot is actually a part of the vast reclaimed land, which emerged due to river channel diversion a decade ago. The womenfolk plough the fields, sow seeds, uproot weeds and do other activities similar to those done by their menfolk in a bid to attain economic independence. �The women also cut bamboo, split them and put up boundary fences around to protect their crops,� Hemanta Gogoi, a nearby farmer told this Correspondent.

The women group had drawn inspiration from progressive Self Help Groups of other neighbourhoods. �We studied the activities of other SHGs and were really encouraged by their progress. We formed our women group in 2009, but got it registered as Deepjyoti Self Help Group only in 2011,� said Renu Gogoi, president of the group.

The other members of the group include Meenu Gogoi, Deepali Gogoi, Rita Gogoi, Jahnabi Gogoi, Rumi Gogoi, Anju Gogoi, Jyoti Gogoi, Binu Gogoi, Punya Gogoi, Pari Gogoi, Jeuti Gogoi, Alpana Gogoi, Tulu Gogoi and Anima Gogoi respectively.

The women had started with potato cultivation and later shifted to mustard cultivation. �After harvesting the mustard, we want to go for paddy cultivation,� the women group said. Nearby villagers informed that the women come to the agricultural field armed with tiffin boxes and toil the entire day.

Seeing the activities of the motivated women of the village, banks and Government agencies have extended credit facilities, but were reportedly too little. �We are desperately looking for financial assistance for putting in place an irrigation facility and also for erecting a permanent fencing,� Renu Gogoi said.

The women said that officers from Borborooah Development Block had helped them during the early days of the SHG formation. �The officers instilled confidence in us and we embarked on the agricultural mission,� Meenu Gogoi, secretary of the group said.

The group has also roped in ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan Prakalpa in their effort for attainining economic independence. Under the Prakalpa, the women have undergone training in rabi crop cultivation and have also been procuring fertilizer at subsidised rates. Manoj Kumar Sharma, Agricultural Development Officer of the Lahoal centre of ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan Prakalpa has been constantly visiting the area to monitor the progress of the farmers.

ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan Prakalpa has also made its presence felt at Khamti Gaon, Than Gaon, Deori Gaon, Balai, Nagaon Than Gaon and Sataise Ghoria at Jokai and Kutoha Gaon Panchayat by enabling the farmers avail subsidised fertilizer. The farmers in these villages frequently confront wild animals. Flood also causes havoc during the monsoon by destroying their standing crops.

There are more then 400 farmers along the Dehing river in the area who are engaged in various crop cultivation on reclaimed land that spreads around 400 hectares, the women group told The Assam Tribune. Interestingly, the age of the farmers vary from 15 to 60 years. Among the farmers, two enthusiastic young graduates � Biswajit Chutia and Bitupan Chetia � also own reclaimed plots for carrying out agricultural activities.

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Rural women embark on path to emancipation

DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 � In an area where standing crops often get devoured and trampled by marauding herds of wild buffalloes and at times destroyed by over enthusiastic monkeys, who feast on them, the rural women in Kachamari Deori Gaon fearlessly go on with rabi and kharif crop cultivation as the surrounding locality hardly has scope for alternative income.

The group of village women who have been undertaking crop cultivation independently since the past few years have grown mustard in a 12 bigha plot of land this year. They have been cultivating in the plot since 2009. The plot is actually a part of the vast reclaimed land, which emerged due to river channel diversion a decade ago. The womenfolk plough the fields, sow seeds, uproot weeds and do other activities similar to those done by their menfolk in a bid to attain economic independence. �The women also cut bamboo, split them and put up boundary fences around to protect their crops,� Hemanta Gogoi, a nearby farmer told this Correspondent.

The women group had drawn inspiration from progressive Self Help Groups of other neighbourhoods. �We studied the activities of other SHGs and were really encouraged by their progress. We formed our women group in 2009, but got it registered as Deepjyoti Self Help Group only in 2011,� said Renu Gogoi, president of the group.

The other members of the group include Meenu Gogoi, Deepali Gogoi, Rita Gogoi, Jahnabi Gogoi, Rumi Gogoi, Anju Gogoi, Jyoti Gogoi, Binu Gogoi, Punya Gogoi, Pari Gogoi, Jeuti Gogoi, Alpana Gogoi, Tulu Gogoi and Anima Gogoi respectively.

The women had started with potato cultivation and later shifted to mustard cultivation. �After harvesting the mustard, we want to go for paddy cultivation,� the women group said. Nearby villagers informed that the women come to the agricultural field armed with tiffin boxes and toil the entire day.

Seeing the activities of the motivated women of the village, banks and Government agencies have extended credit facilities, but were reportedly too little. �We are desperately looking for financial assistance for putting in place an irrigation facility and also for erecting a permanent fencing,� Renu Gogoi said.

The women said that officers from Borborooah Development Block had helped them during the early days of the SHG formation. �The officers instilled confidence in us and we embarked on the agricultural mission,� Meenu Gogoi, secretary of the group said.

The group has also roped in ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan Prakalpa in their effort for attainining economic independence. Under the Prakalpa, the women have undergone training in rabi crop cultivation and have also been procuring fertilizer at subsidised rates. Manoj Kumar Sharma, Agricultural Development Officer of the Lahoal centre of ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan Prakalpa has been constantly visiting the area to monitor the progress of the farmers.

ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan Prakalpa has also made its presence felt at Khamti Gaon, Than Gaon, Deori Gaon, Balai, Nagaon Than Gaon and Sataise Ghoria at Jokai and Kutoha Gaon Panchayat by enabling the farmers avail subsidised fertilizer. The farmers in these villages frequently confront wild animals. Flood also causes havoc during the monsoon by destroying their standing crops.

There are more then 400 farmers along the Dehing river in the area who are engaged in various crop cultivation on reclaimed land that spreads around 400 hectares, the women group told The Assam Tribune. Interestingly, the age of the farmers vary from 15 to 60 years. Among the farmers, two enthusiastic young graduates � Biswajit Chutia and Bitupan Chetia � also own reclaimed plots for carrying out agricultural activities.