DEHRADUN: The watershed management directorate has started a selling outlet ‘GRAMYA Shree’ in the state capital where organic produce collected from 12000 farmers would be directly sold to the customers under World Bank’s Rs 1020-crore project GRAMYA II.
The farmers have been selected from eight districts including Dehradun, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Pauri, Almora, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh.
Neena Grewal, additional director of the directorate said, “We have made groups of vulnerable farmers in 1055 villages and strengthened their hands by providing all help with the revival and capacity enhancement of watershed sources, training to farmers to cultivate cash crops as per existing climate change pattern, distribution of quality seeds and availability of market through related marketing agencies.”
She said all sorts of organic produce including pulses, spices, grains to other handicrafts like woolens, the basket made of Ringal have been asserted in the outlet for sale.
World Bank team leader Ranjan Samantaray appreciated the initiative taken by the Directorate under the project GRAMYA II which is aimed at starting various livelihood activities for rural communities with the effective management of available natural resources. The team is on state visit these days to review the works done so far by the directorate.
News Credit: Times of India