Skip to content Skip to navigation

Women in Manas gears up for alternative livelihood source

A process of confidence building among the women themselves seems to have started. Their increased ability to articulate their needs, as is evident, is an important aspect of their identity building. Their world has expanded and their confidence is soaring and this was no exception to the women in the fringe villages of Manas National Park, who on Monday came forward and actively participated in a day-long training programme organized by Aaranyak in association with Forest Department, Bodoland Territorial Council at Bhuyanpara in Manas National Park.

Women, particularly, in wildlife areas are vulnerable to poverty and leads a life dependent on forest resources. Limited access to basic infrastructure like roads, communication and electricity makes it difficult for women to access information, markets and services necessary to improve their livelihoods. Therefore, with an aim to provide women hailing in the fringe villages, with an alternative sustainable livelihood option independent of forest resources, Aaranyak conducted a training programme- ‘Mushroom Training for fringe villages of Manas National Park’.

“Fringe villagers depending on the forest resources for livelihood are a common scenario in Manas National Park. So, we targeted the Women Self Help Groups, which were not actively engaged in livelihood activities yet, to undergo this training and capacity building,” said Namita Brahma, Aaranyak. “However, the training programme did not remain restricted to women only. 35 participants including farmers of the fringe villages were also involved. So we decided to facilitate them with a livelihood option which is easy and profitable as well,” she added.

“We have been running our group for a long time but with very less activities due to lack of resources but this training have inculcated the confidence in us to start off with an easy process of mushroom cultivation. The entire process was practically demonstrated by the trainer and now we can soon work on it,” said Satya Chanda Das, a Self-help Group member.

“Mushroom is easy to cultivate and make profit. The best part is that it can be cultivated round the year with two varieties in summer and winter respectively,” said Nabin Basumatary, a farmer. The training was efficiently conducted by GK Upamanyu, Scientist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Howli along with the field staff of Aaranyak.

Loss of an ecosystem will not only destroy wildlife but the traditional livelihood of indigenous people of the region. Exposure to financial transaction and a feeling of contributing the families’ financial security has given the women a sense of confidence and improved their status, in varying degrees, within the household.

Aaranyak, a leading bio-diversity group in Assam, started a novel project a few years ago to provide means of alternative livelihood to the people in the fringe areas of Manas National Park who have been dependent on the jungle for their daily necessities.

 

Add new comment

Random Stories

Not a single paper related to NRC process is destroyed::DC

28 Jul 2018 - 6:16pm | Nikhil Mundra
Hojai:- Just a day remaining  for the publication of the complete draft  of National Register  Of Citizen (NRC) on July 30 ( i.e Monday), ashes of NRC related documents of...

Shankardev a reformer: Rajkhowa

26 Sep 2015 - 8:56pm | AT News
Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa attended the Srimanta Sankardev birth anniversary celebration at the Kristi Kendra in Naharlagun on Saturday.In his speech, Rajkhowa said that Sankardeva was...

One killed in Golaghat road mishap

21 May 2012 - 2:11am | editor
One person was killed and three others seriously injured in a road mishap in Golaghat district on Sunday.The driver of a speeding car lost control of the vehicle which skidded off the road killing...

Latest Update: Flood Situation is improving

25 Jun 2007 - 1:07pm | editor
A total of 240 villages with a population of over 2.34 lakh have been affected in the first wave of floods in Assam this year. The districts affected in the current floods are Cachar, Lakhimpur,...

Other Contents by Author

A sub-adult Greater adjutant stork, named Christina, was successfully released back to the nature on Saturday at Boragaon  near Deepar Beel in the outskirt of Guwahati city.This bird was rescued few months back at Dadara of Kamrup District by a team of Aaranyak members and local villagers after it had fallen down from its tree-top nest. The seriously injured chick was later admitted at Assam State Zoo Veterinary hospital and treated successfully under the guidance of renowned wildlife veterinarian Dr. M.L. Smith.Today this bird on being released back joined a flock of about 200 Greater Adjutant near Deepar Beel of Assam. “I am delighted to see so many Greater Adjutant together here...
Aaranyak, a society for Biodiversity conservation in NE India and the Numaligarh Refinary Limited celebrated the World Environment Day  on June 5 in a unique way simultaneously at 11 locations with as many events  around the world famous Kazirnaga National Park. The programme included audio-visual awareness talk, environmental games and more attracting street play on environmental pollution, loss of nature and natural resources due to negative behaviour of human being.The natural world is a wonderful gift we have inherited and adorned with the resources we and our future generation are dependent on. The world’s Natural Environment is in danger due to negative human behaviour that...
With an objective to enlighten police personnel of Assam about the importance of conservation of nature and wildlife for survival of humanity on World Environment Day (WED), Aaranyak, a premier bio-diversity conservation organisaton in the Northeast  today organised a programme in collaboration with Assam chapter of Institutions of  Engineers in India here.A large number of policemen both in uniform and civvies attended the programme that focused on the important role the police could play in prevention of wildlife crime and conservation of biodiversity. All the participants took a Green Oath in the programme.The policemen were listening when one of their senior officers, L R...
Aaranyak  in collaboration with Kalpadrum Foundation and Bhumi, and in association with the Kaziranga National Park Authority organized a three-day residential training and orientation programme for teachers from Karbi Anglong particularly from the area immediately south of the Kaziranga National Park. The training was held from 30th May to 1st June, 2013 at the Convention Center at Kohora. The Sarba Siksha Abhijan, Karbi Anglong sincerely permitted the teachers to attend the programme.It is worth mentioning that though Kaziranga National Park is known for its  over hundred years of successful conservation history, the Karbi Anglong hills in its vicinity and the communities living...
Aaranyak organised a mass signature campaign on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity with the current year theme of Water and Biodiversiy on Wednesday. As part of the day-long programme Aaranyak team pitched tent beside Beltola-Basistha Road in the city to facilitate environment enthusiasts among the public and students to tender their signature  and take a pledged towards biodiversity conservation. About 100 students from Bal Bharati School at Survey participated in the programme along with common people  from all  age groups who have appreciated the novel initiative of Aaranyak.On this  occasion Aaranyak also expresses its deep concern at the...
As an attempt to develop a pool of the next generation Naturalist and conservationists in Assam, Aaranyak in collaboration with the Digboi College and Digboi Forest Division conducted a 3-day long Wildlife Conservation Training Camp at Saraipung Range of Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary from 25th to 27th March, 2013.Altogether 30 participants from 15 different localities of Upper Assam and 12 experts from Aaranyak, Digboi College, Forest Department and other institutions participated and interacted with the participants in camp.The training programme was inaugurated in the afternoon of 25th March with participation of the officials from Digboi Forest Division, faculties from...
House Sparrow used to be one of the common birds in India and in many countries in the world. This well-known bird, which would fill our home gardens for foraging on insects and kitchen scraps or build nests on our roof and cavities of our house, but in recent days there has been a rapid decline in sparrow population in many parts of the world including India.  A number of hypotheses have been put forward as possible causes of decline of House Sparrows in urban and suburban area. These include changing architecture of human habitation that has deprived House Sparrows of nesting sites, loss of tree cover, excessive use of pesticides, lack of traditional granaries, grocery shops and...
As part of its mission to create a pool of ‘Green Teachers’ in the State to give a thrust to conservation efforts, Aaranyak organised a day-long environment education orientation programme for school teachers from fringe areas of Manas Tiger Reserve (MTR) on 23 February, 2013 at Kachugaon Forest Inspection Bungalow (IB) under Kachugaon Forest Division of  Kokrajhar District of Assam.The programme was organized by in partnership with Green Forest Conservation Society  and in collaboration with Forest Department, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) of Assam. It was  sponsored by Taiwan Forestry Bureau. It happened to be first such training programme in fringe areas of MTR with...