Monday, March 31, 2014
This festival they celebrate before eating Mango. They cook food with Fox tail millet and expect the pujari (Prayer) group other villagers are not served this food. All community members gather at this place, sing and dance for some time and enjoy the day. Bow & Arrow, traditional drums (RINJA) preserved till now and can be seen in the picture.
This year Mohva (Madhuca Indica) trees yield is very low. Every year each tree (35 Years old) will give 50 to 100 Kgs of Mohva flowers. And the season starts from first week of March and ends by 1st week of April. This year not yet any tree gave at least 5 Kgs of flower till now (31.3.2014). In our area each village have hundreds of Mohva trees as common and individual property. During these days men and old age people go to the trees at 3.30 am to gaurd the flowers from cattle and wild animals. Women and Children pick the follen flowers from the groud and make them dry under direct son. These dried flowers used for brewing arrack and used in every customary traditional event of the family and village. Marriage, death cermony, birth day function and as a payment after getting done a job for a family like bund farming, building hut etc; etc.
Asha has been studying from last 2 years for value adition to Mohva flowers by making eatables. Last year Asha collected flowers by tying nets to the trees and arranging Tarpolyn sheets under the tree to get fresh flower. Asha tried to sale packed flowers in 100 grams packets. Prepared Mohva KALAKANDA, HALWA and JAAM. This year Asha contacted VASUNDARA of Odissa for conducting training to local tribal women in value addition of Mohva flower by making SAS, JAM, CAKE and LADDU. We hope to get good result of the activity.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Standing committee meeting (29.3.2014) of Gramasabha Sirasanapalli. Discussed Agenda about transport and lotting of extracted Bamboo (from VSS area) at Sirasanapalli village. VSS members extracted 60,000 long bamboo and 30,000 bundles of Industrial cuts. The villagers has to go a long process and procedure for getting auction of material and issuing transport permit. This is first VSS in Andhra Pradesh which got reward of Rs.5.00Lakhs in 2004 as 50% share of sale proceeds of Bamboo. Now the same village going to make record of claiming CFRA (?) and getting 100% benefit as FRA 2006 defined Bamboo as NTFP (Usefructory). Villagers advised to keep all record and take consensus decisions for every action. Two things we have to face: 1. We keep all the villagers informed about the process going and building unity among the youth. 2. we have to fight to get the Transport permit from the Forest Department, Opening Bank A/c, maintenance of accounts and book keeping.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
|DESTRUCTION OF BAMBOO CLUMPS IN NATURAL BAMBOO FORESTS BY Departmental Extraction of Timber: Lack of supervision, knowledge and commitment of concerned field staff of Forest Department are reasons of the destruction. Migrant labourers from Odissa works in the coupes and Local communities are also involved in harvesting of Bamboo but they are not paid as per F.S.R. (Forest Scheduled Rates) hence they collect Bamboo from easily accessible areas and culms. Since, Department getting (%) granted for loss of Bamboo clumps. These photographs are taken in North Bamboo Coupe I Chinturu and West Bamboo Coupe I Lakkavaram on 19th March, 2014. This is not pertaining to a small area but in total 17,216 Hectares of forest earmarked in 5 Coupes of Series I during this year. One can observe the dying clumps and total destruction. Appealed to concerned Higher Officer for necessary action. Hope to get positive response. There are specimen examples that every clump worked in last season (3 years back) is died.|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
32 members from 8 Vana Samrakshana Samithies participated in the programme. Sirasanapalli VSS issue delay in release of their own amount from their own account even after harvesting 69,500 long bamboos and 3,000 Industrial cuts. All together discussed the issues about harvesting of natural Bamboo and planted eucalyptus in their respective VSS areas - getting felling permission - selling- sharing mechanisms. Decided to meet DFO on Monday with representations of all 10 VSS.
Friday, March 14, 2014
|Mr. Kadala. Bhumireddy , Master Trainer of Bamboo Handicrafts|
|Demonstration Stalls at Kisaan Mela|
|Our stall in Interstate KISAAN MELA at Regional Agricultural Research Station, HAT (High Altitute Tribal Zone)Chintapalli on 13.3.2014. Old seeds, Mohva products, Bamboo handicrafts demonstration and sale of Bamboo crafts made by Sri. Kadala. Bhumireddy, Primitive Tribe from Vegisagandi Hill top village in Chinturu Mandal. 10 farmers from 5 villages of our area attended the Mela.|
|Our Old seeds stall |