Anup Kumar Giri

Anup Kumar Giri

Placed at:   Malkangiri, Odisha

Education: No Experience

Prior work experience:

  • Worked for three and half years with NGOs(Seva Mandir). My profile includes the responsibility for planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of three programs of education in the interior tribal Kotra block, one of the operational blocks of Seva Mandir in Udaipur district. The four programs involve working on youth development, girl’s literacy initiative and the non formal education. The Youth Programme tries to provide a space for rural youth, aged 14 – 25 years, to come and interact with each other, learn, understand, analyse and over come various issues and challenges That Theys face in their life and the outer world. The Project comprise of 2 Youth Resource Centres covering 17 villages covering approximately 450 youths. Before joining PMRDF.

One key work during fellowship
Issue:

  • Fishery is one of the activities that can ensure both food security and livelihood security. In the tribal dominated areas of Malkangiri, small scale fisheries are traditional practice. Keeping this in view, RRA Malkangiri Network’s fishery programme was conceived to ensure better livelihood opportunities for the tribal communities of Malkangiri district; however, one of the larger impacts would be to change the existing socio-economic structure. Till now, fisheries was largely considered and practiced as an income generating activity only by the Bengali community, they were the main players in the production, rearing and marketing of fish. In this context the main issue was the tribal people are not interested for Fish Farming in mean time the lots of potentials for generate the livelihood opportunity in fish farming.

What was done:

  • Due to our sustained effort (from 2012 onwards), many of the tribal farmers are now engaged in scientific fisheries and hence this in itself can be considered as an achievement of network. The perception that the tribal’s are not serious fishermen is shared by hatchery owners as well; hence they were amazed when they heard of the programme by RRA Network. Another achievement of this programme so far has been the collection of money for the fingerlings that they have been provided. Each farmer has had to pay Re 1/fingerling (which is also the market price) and hence the RRA Network has challenged the commonly believed notion that the rural farmers adopt new practices only because of government subsidy.
    Among the community, the programme aims to introduce simple technical and scientific know-how among the farmers, while keeping their traditional practices intact, in order to realise and fulfil the fishery potential in Malkangiri.
    The beginning of farmers’ interest and participation will in turn pave the way for the community’s complete ownership of this programme.
  • Increasing technical competency of fish farmers in managing the fisheries production in seasonal and perennial water bodies.
  • Restored water bodies would ensuring livelihood opportunities using integrated aquaculture system in rainfed farming system
  •  Fish farmers collective gaining greater control over natural resources, participate in decision-making and engage in collective marketing under the overall governance of the Gram Panchayat.”

Impact:

  • Due to sustained efforts (from 2012 onwards), many of the tribal farmers are now engaged in scientific fisheries and hence this in itself can be considered as an achievement of network. The perception that the tribals are not serious fishermen is shared by hatchery owners as well;
    Another achievement of this programme so far has been the collection of money for the fingerlings that they have been provided. Each farmer has had to pay Re 1/fingerling (which is also the market price) and hence the RRA Network has challenged the commonly believed notion that the rural farmers adopt new practices only because of government subsidy.Among the community, the programme aims to introduce simple technical and scientific know-how among the farmers, while keeping their traditional practices intact, in order to realise and fulfil the fishery potential in Malkangiri. The beginning of farmers’ interest and participation will in turn pave the way for the community’s complete ownership of this programme. Developed a fisheries application for seasonal inland fish farmers. This app connects farmers with technical experts. This generates automatic technical advisory. Now 70 producer group running under Fish Farming (AMM MACHA CHASA) programme in mean time 3600 household involved in this programme by directly and indirectly .
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