Atwo year project for sustainable agriculture for tribal farmers by cultivation of medicinal plants with support from NABARD under Farming Sector Promotion Fund (FSPF) was started in September 2019. The project beneficiaries were 100 farmers from 4 tribal villages of Sholayur Panchayat. Moolagangal, Vellakulam, Chavadiyur and Oothukuzhy are the four villages identified for the project.
As part of the project, a mother nursery has been established in Malleeswara Vidyanikethan School campus. The mother nursery contains all the nine species of plants selected for the project. Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) is providing technical support for the project. The plant materials harvested by the farmers are being procured by Artha Herbs and Derivatives India Pvt Ltd., a subsidiary company of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy.
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”
An interaction with representatives of beneficiary farmers of NABARD project for medicinal plants cultivation, from four tribal villages, was held on 2nd December at Malleeswara Vidya Niketan school. Sri Lalu P.N.Kutty (DDM, NABARD), Sri D.Anil ( LDM), Srimathi Latha( Assistant Director, Dept of Agriculture) were present at the interaction. The farmers gave an account of their experiences in this farming. They had several anxieties and demands which were addressed by the officials and SVMM team. The team also visited our medicinal plants mother nursery in the school campus. This was followed by a Project Implementation and Monitoring committee meeting. The progress of the project was evaluated and some valuable inputs on convergence and follow up actions were received.