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Project Shows Promise: Integrated Tribal Development Project Makes Strides in Vangai Range

The Project Monitoring & Review Committee of the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) convened on March 27th, 2024, at the office of the Relief & Development Department, Evangelical Assembly Church (RDD-EAC) in Churachandpur, Manipur. This committee oversees a project aimed at improving the livelihoods of tribal communities in Vangai Range, Pherzawl District.

Project Background:

  • Project Name: TDF Project-200 for Integrated Wadi approach for sustainable promotion of their livelihoods
  • Implementing Agency: RDD-EAC
  • Project Goal: Economic development of 200 tribal families through sustainable natural resource management practices (“WADI” approach)
  • Funding: NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development)
  • Target Area: 11 villages in Vangai TD Block

Project Activities:

The ITDP follows a three-pronged approach:

  1. Capacity Building: Empowering local communities through training and exposure programs on improved natural resource management (NRM) techniques and environmental restoration.
  2. Orchard Development: Developing a 1-acre orchard program for each participating family. This program integrates horticulture, forestry, intercropping for food and income generation, and intensive cultivation of cash crops.
  3. Women’s Empowerment: Raising awareness about community health and overall well-being, with a specific focus on women.

Meeting Outcome:

The Project Monitoring & Review Committee reviewed the project’s progress and expressed satisfaction with its performance. Consequently, the committee recommended releasing the 6th installment of the grant amounting to Rs. 767,800 to RDD-EAC for continued project implementation.

Looking Ahead:

The ITDP’s positive performance is a promising sign for the economic upliftment of tribal communities in Vangai Range. The project’s emphasis on sustainable practices ensures not only improved livelihoods but also environmental well-being for the region.