Environmental Programs

Sustainable Agriculture Programs :( 2004 -Present)

TAPWA is involved in this development activity to encourage small and marginal farmers in the target area towards organic farming and sustainable agriculture practices.

The strategies under the program included capacity building of beneficiary community (comprising of farmers, rural school children and rural youth) on knowing the importance and conservation of medicinal plants (since most of these plants are becoming extinct) and efficient utilization available sources of medicinal plants within the project area for treatment (as there is an increase in awareness and interest in the use of herbs in pharmaceutical, cosmetic and perfumery products) and also various aspects of biodiversity conservation. Action component included planting of rare medicinal plants towards conservation and as a promotional effort.

Friends of Coconut Tree (FoCT) Programs :( 2013 -Present)

Dindigul is the third important district growing coconut in Tamil Nadu. Important blocks growing coconut grooves in the district are Athoor, Nilakkottai, Natham and Oddanchatram and most of the coconut growers are small and marginal farmers. There is an acute shortage of hands for plucking coconuts and caring for the trees in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu which also disrupts the harvest cycle of coconut gardens. Hence, to train unemployed rural youth (including women) in this specialized skill and create a pool of trained personnel across the target area, TAPWA was approved the task of conducting the FoCT trainings by the Coconut Development Board, Government of India.

Accordingly 120 rural youth (including 6 young women) were trained on tree climbing, coconut harvesting, crown clearing and pest control operations. The participants learnt basic information on coconut palm, its climate and soil requirements, varieties and practical sessions on climbing the tree with machine, nutrient management, recycling of palm waste, intercropping and mixed cropping, plant protection measures and identification of tender, mature and seed coconuts.

The greatest impacts of the FoCT training are facilitation of skilled hands on coconut plucking and tree protection in target area of TAPWA, evoking of a greater response among coconut farming community and dependent labor force regarding harvesting of coconut, developing coconut tree climbing as a profession for livelihood through machine aided coconut climbing and supporting a group based approach among dependent labour for more desirable results. The trained tree climbers earn between Rs. 500 and Rs. 750/ day with the working hours of four to five a day. The training generated appropriate technologies to support the sustainable growth of the coconut sector in target area. Currently, TAPWA is the process of creation of Coconut Climbers’ Bank to benefit both customer and climber, in which the trainees can register their names and anyone who needs the services of a coconut climber can contact the bank and avail the services of registered coconut climbers on their own at a reasonable rate.

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