Report of Swami Akhandananda Seva Prakalpa.
(Poverty Alleviation Project)
Initiated from 18th Jun’2012 and Concluded on 7th Mar’2014
Objectives:- The main aim of the prokalpo was to ameliorate poverty in ten pockets of a few selected areas identified and subsequently assistance to poor people to overcome the huddles by means of proper trainings and opportunities.
Components:- The prokalpa consists of the following aspects:- 1] Training on vermicompost production. 2] Training on mushroom cultivation. 3] Training on tailoring at Beldiha and Kamarpukur. 4] Training on Batik Printing. 5] Non-Formal Education. 6] Awareness on Health and Hygiene.
1] Training on Improved Method of Quality Vermicompost Production:- The above said training programme was initiated w.e.f June 18th 2012 with 50 trainees. After completion of theoretical training, the trainees were also trained on practical aspect i.e. how to prepare quality food of earthworms, promising strain of earthworm, congenial environment for earthworm, earthworm doses, processing and method of collection of vermi wash / vermi bed wash and quality vermicompost. During training period, the trainees produced 35.33 M.T in four spells and used in agricultural crops. The trainees, at present, after completion of training are producing vermicompost at their own lebel in a large / small scale as per their available infrastructural facilities and was used in agriculture.
2] Training on Modern Method of Mass Scale production of Edible Mushroom :-
The above said training programme was initiated w.e.f August 20th 2012 with same 50 trainees of vermicompost. After theoretical background information in training classes, practical demonstration was conducted simultaneously on improved method of cultivation of mushroom specially Oister, In 1st and 2nd demonstration classes, 40 & amp; 50 balls were cultivated, 18.09 k.g & 61.47 k.g Oister mashroom was produced and Rs.1448.00 and Rs. 4917.00 was received respectively as sales proceeds, with Rs.80.00 per k.g selling rate. After deduction of actual expenditure, Rs. 5352.00 was distributed among active 46 trainees. Therefore four more demonstration classes were conducted at trainees’ home level in newly built prakalpa aided low cost ideal mushroom cultivation house. A total number of 170, 170, 215 and 219 balls were cultivated by the total trainees individually and 135.57kg, 68kg, 116.1kg, and 199.55kg of oyster mushroom was produced and about Rs.13557.00, Rs.8160.00, Rs. 11600.00 and Rs.19955.00 was received respectively as sales proceeds selling@Rs.100.00/kg. About 33 active trainees received micro-financial assistance for building up a low cost mushroom cultivation house under this prakalpa ranging financial assistance from Rs. 1702.00 to Rs. 2850.00. Since the demand of mushroom spawn was found high, a laboratory for spawn production was established by the fund of Akhandananda Seva Prakalpa and spawn production was also initiated. So far 5 times in small scale, spawn produced in newly built laboratory was distributed / sold within the trainees and overall Rs. 2000.00 – 3000.00 or more is being earned per 50 days at individual level depending on the capacity of mushroom cultivation. This is the successfully being continued by the trainees. The said prakalpa as a whole was successfully concluded on march’7th’2014 along with other components / aspects like tailoring, batique printing, non-formal education and awareness on health and hygiene.