The Central Indian tribal belt is home to 75% of India’s indigenous tribal communities, who live in abject poverty, with barely any livelihood opportunities.
The central thrust of CInI’s Lakhpati Kisan – Smart Villages Mission Programme is the promotion of complementary livelihood prototype combinations to provide a substantial income source to augment agricultural income; as well as to promote agricultural clusters with year-round irrigation support.
From past experience, the organisation knew the importance of:
Hence, CInI promoted commercial vegetable production and floriculture to generate higher economic returns per unit of land. Healthy seeds for better yield coupled with mechanisation to reduce labour are the focus of the agricultural clusters, which generate enough quantity to bring traders to the producers.