‘Chas Haat’ initiative provides livelihoods for women farmers in Pakur, Jharkhand

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The government initiative “Chas Haat” has resulted in an increase in the income of rural households in Pakur. Through the Chas Haat initiative in Pakur district, the benefits of agricultural programs are extended to the sisters of Sakhi Mandal in an integrated manner. An innovative horticulture-based effort has been made to connect the women of Sakhi Mandal with strong livelihoods. This initiative called ‘Chas Haat’ ensures an increase in the income of rural households.

How Chas Haat Helps Women

The Chas Haat Initiative was launched in 2021 with the aim of developing Pakur as a horticultural center through the Chas Haat Initiative. Through the joint efforts of Pakur District Administration and Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society, work is underway to change the lives of women in Sakhi Mandal by connecting them to vegetable production.

Increase your income at a lower cost thanks to Chas Haat

Maya Devi, a resident of Baliapatra village under Maheshpur block of Pakur district earns handsome income by growing different vegetables including cauliflower, parwal by micro drip irrigation, advanced technical training on 50 land decimals by joining the Chas Haat initiative. Maya says that before, due to lack of irrigation, good seeds and fertilizers, etc., farming could not be done properly and there was no profit. But with the help of the Chas Haat initiative, in the last season itself, vegetables could be grown at a cost of only Rs 17,000. After deducting the cost of farming, Maya got a profit of Rs 55,050.

Sale of vegetables worth 4.5 crores through Chas Haat initiative

In the last financial year, through the Chas Haat initiative, around 7,803 farmers in Pakur started growing vegetables on 1,712 acres of land. Through the production of about 266 metric tons of vegetables, these farmers secured the sale of about 4.5 crores in a short time. As part of this project, so far, “Chas Haat” Agricultural Producers Society has been established by identifying about 8,000 farmers and 5,000 acres of land in the district. Vegetable cultivation is done by dividing all these identified farmers into 28 clusters and 112 screws. One of the most important goals of this program is to produce three to four crops a year. Thanks to this initiative, the district of Pakur is on the way to becoming a horticultural pole.

Varun Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner of Pakur, said that with the Chas Haat initiative, a goal has been set to develop Pakur district as a horticultural hub. Through this initiative, the work of expanding rural women’s enterprise by empowering them is done through the producing enterprise. The business works better under women’s management and women’s incomes also increase. Thanks to this initiative, thousands of rural women in the district of Pakur are on the road to autonomy.

District level gale

To overcome the irrigation problem, the land conservancy and other departments provide deep boreholes and pump sets. At the same time, the farmers are also helped by the drip irrigation system. In this sequence, arrangements are also made by the MNREGA under Didi Bari Yojna for the decimal scheme 05 and for the irrigation installation.

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