Name of the Project: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL POOR YOUTH THROUGH VERMICOMPOST (EARTH WARMS) PROGRAMME.

Supported by: ENFANCE TIERS MONDE NGO, Belgium

Duration: In run

Project Area: YERRAGUNTLA, Kadapa (district)

Target group:

The Rural poor youth who are depending solely on Agricultural for their live hood. Among them are scheduled caste, scheduled tribes and other backward classes. Among tem there are youth who are having pieces of lands and there are landless agricultural youth working on the pieces of lands on lease. Among the beneficiaries 33% proportion occupies for young women.

Types:

The target people are unskilled in the subject matter of vermin-compost.

Implementation:

(A). Training programme for the target group:

Formation of group is the important criteria for the selected group to work on cooperative and collective basis. 80 youth (women and men) will be formed as 4 groups and they work for themselves and also plan any type of development measures for their own development. They participate in group gatherings group meetings, open discussions under the guidance of the RDWWS. For planning successful ways for all activities like savings and developmental initiatives.

THE METHODS OF COLLECTING EARTH – WORMS OUT OF FIELDS:

The target group youth (Women and Men) can collect the Earthworms from their own fields by employing a simple technology. In a well-sharped patch of the land where Earthworm casting is found, a small area of 1 M by 1 M should be earmarked for this purpose.About 500 g, jaggery and an equal quantity of fresh cow dung should be mixed in 15 to 20 liters of water and this dilute slurry should be sprinkled over the area. Wet patches of cow dung is scattered over the area and a layer of moisture rice straw should be laid over it. The whole area is then covered with jute sack. Regular watering should be continued for a period of 20 to 25 days and care should be taken to avoid water stagnation. When the cover is removed on can see the concentration of surface and sub-surface earthworms the surface feeders’ farmers can collect 600 to 700 small earthworms.

This simple and low cost technology helps in sub strains biodiversity of the region. These earthworms can then be used for making vermin-compost.

Through earthworms can digest a diverse range of organic residues and yield rich vermin compost, it is better to use predigested organic wastes for the worms to act faster and produce high quality compost.

MARKET STRATEGY

All these 5 villages consist of 500 acres of cultivation land. In 50 Kilometers radius of these 5 villages 1000 acres of land is being used as cultivation land. No farmers of all these lands use vermin culture, the Government, the television and all these media brought big awareness for vermin culture. Some formers are traveling to Tirupathi, ongole area which is nearly 400Kms to and fro journey. As it is a very costly affairs forms are unable to use the vermin culture (earth warms) in these 500 acres of land. They are now looking for the vermin culture (earth warms) forms in this area. Our project will be the first one to process this vermin culture so that they 80 beneficiaries will have a good market and a good profit.

This profit will shared by the beneficiaries and 30% of the profit are deposited for re-investment, so that the project continues, in giving a great impact and benefit to these lands and beneficiaries.

MONITORING AN EVALUATION

The Executive committee members of Rural Development Women Welfare Society Yerraguntla, Beneficiary Youth Groups leaders, will conduct internal Evaluation. The internal Evaluation will be conducted once in a 3 months to measure the progress of the project. If any problems found during the project period we will solve them on mutual cooperation basis. We maintain records, reports and vouchers, accounts statements in accurate way.

External evaluation will be conducted. We will take help from the professional evaluation, the representative of the ENFANCE TIERS MONDE Belgium. The president of the RDWWS will involve both in internal and external evaluation.

The progress reports, photographs, audited statements of the accounts will be submitted to the ENFANCE TIERS MONDE Belgium after 1 year.