To ensure the regular cash flow at the family level, MBT has introduced cultivation of vegetable at two levels. Traditional cultivation for self-consumption is promoted among households with backyard/badi, and MBT provides quality seeds and handholding support through the SHG members. This caters to the nutritional requirements of the family reducing expenditure on vegetable.
At another level, farmers growing vegetable for commercial purpose (more than 20 decimal of land), are supported by MBT right from the stage of preparing the land to sowing to intercultural operations, harvesting and marketing. The focus is on three types of vegetables based on the trends of rates in the market and duration of returns.
Breed Improvement programme
MBT started work in Anuppur since 2011; it is observed that goat rearing is predominantly a livelihood activity for tribal farmers. Known as the cow of poor families, goat is an important source of livelihood for the rural poor, particularly for women, landless and marginal farmers. Goat husbandry is ideally suited for the poorest, because of short gestation period, low capital investment, low cost of maintenance and growing demand for its milk and meat. Due to their tolerance to harsh climatic conditions and nutritional stress, goats are able to survive, where other species of livestock cannot thrive and hence goats are going to be an even more important source of livelihood for the poor. With this in mind, MBT is started a Breed improvement programme in several parts of its areas of operation. This becomes necessary to initiate such programme considering the current scenario of goat rearing practices in the area. The region is characterized by severe genetic erosion includes indiscriminate breeding resulting in low weight of kids at birth, poor growth, lack of health like appropriate vaccination causing high mortality and inconsistent market linkages.
MBT focused on improving the breeding quality in the region by providing high quality breeding buck, improving rearing practices, veterinary care including regular vaccination and nutritious supplements. The groups of farmers have been formed to implement the programme to promote the cross learning and ensuring on-time execution of the SOP designed for the programme. The SOP includes capacity building training, veterinary care and so on.