V.S. Palaniappan, The Hindu, COIMBATORE, February 24, 2011
Source of income: Tribal women harvesting bush beans at Seengapathy tribal settlement, near Chadivayal, at the foothills of Siruvani. — Photo: K. Ananthan
The Forest Department has provided guidance to four tribal settlements in Coimbatore Forest Division and has shown the way for the tribal population to successfully take to agriculture.
Divisional Forest Officer V. Thirunavukkarasu said as part of the initiative to economically and socially uplift the living conditions of the tribal people, the department has joined hands with Avanashilingam Jan Shikshan Sansthan to guide the tribal people into a new activity for earning their livelihood.
The empowerment of the tribal people was to turn them into guardians of the forests and wean them away from the plunderers of forest wealth. [...]
Mr. Thirunavukkarasu said that besides providing the logistics such as pumpsets and generators, the department was also extending loans from the Eco-Development Committee funds (earned by the tribal people through eco-tourism initiatives).
In tribal settlements, cultivable areas have been earmarked and provided with solar electric fencing. Three tribal settlements near Pilloor dam in Karamadai range have been successful for the last two years in harvesting bananas, pumpkins and cow beans.
The tribal people cultivated only crops such as ragi, horse gram and Val Beans ( mochai). Earlier, they were cultivating paddy that was not economically viable. [...]
Mr. Balasubramanian said that tribal people were very active and in fact spent most of their time at their farms [...]
M.S. Parthiban, Pooluvampatti Range Officer, said that the tribal people were just guided in selection of crops. [...]
Source: The Hindu : NATIONAL / TAMIL NADU : Agriculture, now mainstay of Coimbatore’s tribal people
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