A team of scientists from ICAR- Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore have adopted tribal villages of Neelampathi, Mottiyur, Ookkaiyannor, Ookapatti, Domanur, Sembukkarai in Perianaickenpalayam hills to launch a series of development activities with financial support from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
The scientists led by T. Rajula Shanthy, Principal Scientist and Head, Extension , included, C. Jayabose, Principal Scientist (Genetics), R. Arun Kumar, Senior Scientist (Physiology,and R. Karupaiyan, Principal Scientist (Breeding).
The team visited Neelampathi and Ookkaiyanoor villages on September 30, 2020 following precautionary measures for COVID-19. They held focused group discussion with the tribal head-man and few tribal villagers.
The items distributed include Banana quintal nendran tissue culture plants (820 nos), banana G9 tissue culture plants (1525 nos), coconut (TxD) seedlings (160 nos.), seeds of paddy ADT 45, annual moringa PKM 1, chilli Co 1, tomato PKM 1, brinjal Co 4 and cluster bean MDU 1.
The team will be again visiting them with seeds of blackgram, greengram, ragi, varagu and horsegram. As a means to improve livelihood of tribal women, we have planned to provide five sewing machines to tribal women who are certificate holders in tailoring.
They will also be guided to start their own ventures and further advance short term training will be given to them if needed.
It’s worth mentioning that tribal people from these villages have responded to our interventions enthusiastically as it is helping them to not only develop skills, but also gain self-confidence.
This project is being implemented through participatory approach mode with the active participation of the tribal villagers. Few more villages in Karamadai range have also been chosen, according to a communication from ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore.