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MPRLP creates 1,860 livelihood groups

MADHYA PRADESH Rural Livelihoods Project (MPRLP) has created 1,860 Livelihoods Promotion groups for catalysing income-generating activities in project villages. Besides, the project has also revived 2,440 self-help groups for economic activities.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 13:46 IST

MADHYA PRADESH Rural Livelihoods Project (MPRLP) has created 1,860 Livelihoods Promotion groups for catalysing income-generating activities in project villages. Besides, the project has also revived 2,440 self-help groups for economic activities.

Each Livelihoods Promotion Group has four to 10 members of as many households and is supported in terms of training and financial assistance for economic activity of their choice.

There are several enterprising individuals who are also being given support under the project for livelihoods enhancement. A range of micro-enterprises from tailoring, fish selling, grocery shops, vegetable selling, irrigation, lac cultivation, marketing of non-timber forest produces, dhabas, repair shops, poultry and other livestock based businesses have made their presence in remote villages for the first time.

Enhancing productivity of agriculture is the core component of the project and as a start up activity; better seeds have been distributed among farmers. Over 311 quintals of foundation and breeder seeds have been given to 3,454 farmers.

In view of the rising demand of lac (shellac) for various industrial goods, there is untapped potential for enhancing people’s income by promoting lac cultivation. Already the project has engaged over 300 families in lac cultivation for supplementing their income.

In several project villages lack of vegetable cultivation has been identified as a major problem. The project has taken up promotion of vegetables in a big way and already nearly 1,000 families have been given seeds for growing vegetables.
Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project works through Gram Sabha and places untied funds in Gram Kosh, which is used collectively by Gram Sabha for specific livelihood enhancement measures.

The project facilitation teams put in place by the project provide necessary support and guidance to Gram Sabha in identifying, implementing and monitoring various interventions. Department for International Development assisted first phase of the project is under implementation in 827 villages of Dhar, Jhabua, Barwani, Mandla, Sheopur, Shahdol, Anuppur and Dindori districts.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 13:46 IST