7. Integrated Livelihood Support Programe ( ILSP) in Pokhri Block, Chamoli District (2017- 20)
Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP) in Pokhril block of Chamoli district continued for 3 years. The project is implemented through 6 Livelihood Collectives (LCs) promoted by organization as Self Reliant Cooperatives (SRCs) at Cluster Level for facilitating collection, grading, packaging and marketing of the Producer Groups produce to markets. These SRCs are empowered to serve as institutions for serving the Producer Groups at village level. Major focus of interventions was on strengthening these Federations for business activities in farm and non - farm sectors to enhance the income opportunities for the local community. The technical team of VARDAN provided all technical and marketing support to the Federations for both enhancing the agriculture production in the area and providing market linkage for the produce. Local outlets were opened through Federations and weekly Haats were organized at cluster level to sell the local farmers produce. Major Activities Undertaken in the ILSP Project include : Strengthening of 6 Self Reliant Cooperatives/ Federations of PGs/VPGs at Cluster Level ; Capacity Building of 388 PGs/VPGs and SRCs in Good Governance, Business Development, Scientific Methods of Cultivation, Product Packaging and Marketing ; Identification of 6 Value Chains including Spices, Off Season Vegetables (OSV), Traditional Crops and Pulses, Dairy and Goatry ; Business Development Activities for the 6 Federations/Cooperatives and market linkage, Use of Fallow Land through plantation of fruit trees, fodder trees and grasses, Construction of 100 LDEP Tanks, 20 Small Collection Centres and 6 Collection Centres, Vocational Training Programmes for Rural Youth to promote employment opportunities.