Kendrapara, Sept 16 (LocalWire): The Mo Upkaari Bagicha (kitchen garden) scheme under the Odisha Livelihood Mission and MGNREGA is helping many migrant returnees get back on their feet in Kendrapara district.
The authorities are using the Coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to transform vacant land into kitchen gardens under the “Mo Upkaari Bagicha” or kitchen garden scheme under the OLM and MGNREGA.
Migrant workers are now busy planting papayas, drumsticks, bananas and other fruit and vegetable plants.
“We have provided saplings of papaya, drumsticks, bananas and other fruit-bearing trees and vegetable plants to nearly 14,000 beneficiaries, along with Rs. 10,700 as wage of 33 days under MGNREGA in Kendrapara.
All the trees will bear fruits within a year of the plantation.
We are providing them technical support with the help of district agriculture officials.
We entrusted 14 women Self Help Groups (SHGs) with the responsibility of supplying saplings from their nurseries,” said Satyabhama Pradhan, District project manager of Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM).
“We have also provided bio-fertilizers to the farmers under the scheme, and helped them fence their kitchen gardens.
The scheme will help small and marginal farmers and returnee workers.
A farmer can raise 14 types of fruits and vegetables over eight dismils of land,” added the officer.
“Around 20 youths from the village were working in big cities before the lockdown.
After the lockdown, due to scarcity of jobs, most of the returnees are working under MGNREGA to convert their vacant land into kitchen gardens,” said Bhaskar Behera of Baulakani village.
“I have planted papaya, drumsticks and other fruit-bearing trees on my land and received Rs 10,700 for working on my field for 33 days under MGNREGA along with the material costs.
The officials provided the saplings to me free of cost,” said Nalini Jena of Barua village, who returned four months ago from New Delhi, where he had been working as a plumber.