Agriculture & Management of Natural Resources


The primary programme of KARMI is undertaken agricultural programmes based on education and capacity building of local farmers on sustainable agricultural livelihood. Kalahandi is rich in natural resources as land, forest and water. KARMI has taken initiative to use of it for the benefit of the tribal and rural people. By proper management of the natural resources, it able to increase the socio-economic condition of the people and development can possible. The non-arable land in the area is the most common village property, Included village forests and denuded pasture lands. Conducted impact study for the local farmers and assesses their level of progress in term of wasteland development, sustainable agricultural practices, farming skill and rural market linkage. Applied sustainable method of farming by using green manure and popularized indigenous knowledge of farm forestry, pest management and poison free crop growing as part of sustainable agriculture, and promoted, propagated variety of crops on bio-fertilizer, pest control method. KARMI has been taken forest protection as a massive programme by formation of JFM and CFM in the potential villages. In the depleted forest area, we have taken initiative to plantation programme by proving seeding from our nursery and cooperate with the Govt. forest department.

Workshop on Management of NRM :

KARMI believes without networking and collaboration preservation of natural resource is too difficult. To keep close collaboration and create an opportunity to create block-level or district level forest committee. We organized two workshops on forest protection and collaborating with Govt. Through joint forest management and community forest management by formation of Vana Surakhya Samities. Local Ranger and Forest Officers have been invited to these workshops and they shared the prospect of forest protection, Govt rules of JFM & CFM. National forest policy and Govt. awards like PRAKUTI MITRA.  KARMI has developed the quality on management of forest protection, and management of natural resources of their locality. we have given special emphasis and awareness on management of natural resources through village meeting, introduce of Vana Surakhya Samiti and horticultural development.

Farmer’s Training & Exposure :

Enhance the knowledge on the benefit of forest and environment protection to save from depletion of forest and land due to high exploitation and somewhere not being properly used due to lack of proper way implementing technique. To proper use of it with the eco-friendly manner by the people and save from devastation the concept of the watershed should have developed in the mind of people in general and small and marginal farmers in particular. To improve the technique of cultivation, protection of forest and develop the idea of watershed KARMI arranged the farmers’ training and exposures to the potencial sides.


 KARMI with the support of SDTT constructed in most drought-affected villages like Karanjkot village in Nuagoan GP and Baburmunda (Makraguda) in Mahaling GP of Golamunda block of Kalahandi district in Odisha. It is a best practice for use of stream water to the villages and agricultural lands through making a diversion by a pipeline. It has been increases production of agriculture and horticulture as well increase fodder production, cultivation of vegetables and cash crops. Increase in biomass production as well as biodiversity conservation will drive field interventions, particularly in agriculture.

Project Objective:

To develop and conserve natural resources of the area by developing two Diversion based Irrigation project in two villages and provide irrigation facility to the un irrigated and waste lands.

    • To provide the sustainable irrigation facility with the community management and improve the water management skills of tribal farmers by indigenous way.
    • To provide opportunity the use to water and streams and improve the irrigation potentiality and develop the skill of the farmers on traditional way of cultivation and In our two operational villages KARMI has been formed two Village Development Community with taking of farmers, members of Banasurakhya samiti and people representatives. Regular villages meeting and committee meetings has been organised to properly operate the programme and ensure people contribution. Exporure visit also organised with the committee members and beneficiaries to properly understand the programme and its utility.
    • By the two diversion based irrigation the water supply has been increased and the scope of vegetable cultivation has been developed among the small and marginal farmers. This will increase the financial gain to the small and marginal farmers by selling the surplus vegetable in the market and get hygienic and qualitative vegetable in their door step. By this two diversion based Irrigation projects not only the irrigation facilities of the village increase and agricultural and kitchen gardening possible but also the supply of water also possible. Through pipe the supply of water also possible in the villages. It helps the people of the village to get water in their doorstep and able to use it as home work and demotic purpose and animals.