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 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 increasing the socio-economic condition of the people can develop. The non-arable land in the area are the mostly common village property, Included are village forests and denuded pasture lands. Conduced 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 and possibility. Applied sustainable method of faming 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 opportunity to create block level or district level forest committee. We organized two workshops on forest protection and collaborating to Govt. Through joint forest management and community forest management by formation of Vana Surakhya Samiti. Local Ranger and Forest Officers has been invited to these workshops and they shared the prospect of forest protection, Govt rules of JFM &CFM . National forest policy and Govt. Award like PRAKUTI MITRA etc. And its criterion Two workshop has been organize in the reporting year in M.Rampur Block and Keogaon in Golamunda for better understanding of problems of Natural Resource Management specially watershed and introduce of mixed and drought resistance crops. KARMI has develop the quality on management of forest protection, and management of natural resources of their locality. KARMI has 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 : Now a days there is a rapid depletion of forest and land due to high exploitation and somewhere not being properly use due to lack of proper way implementing technique. To proper use of it with eco-friendly manner by the people and save from devastation the concept of watershed should have develop 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 exposure. In the reporting year KARMI arrange 2 nos. of farmers training Mahaling and Kantamal village where 153 nos. of farmers attained. The potential farmers of our operational are also make two exposure trips to LOKDRUSTI Vaisadani Watershed.
The DBI project KARMI with 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 make a diversion by a pipeline. It increase 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.
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.