Projects – Ongoing & Completed

ONGOING PROJECTS

  • Core support project – Five Components(Post harvesting technologies, Eco-Friendly fabric technology, Technological improvements & mechanization in Charkha & Loom  and designs in textiles, Sanitary Napkin & Baby diapers technologies, product development and Research and development & improvements in Jaipur foot technology, Health and energy related technologies and Establishment of herbal gardeen for) funded by DST started from 01.05.2009. The project cost is ` 68.62 lakhs.
  • Developing Gram Karmi Samakha for Gram Shilpa Promotion (Gandhian Village Volunteer) funded by NCRI, Hyderabad. The project cost is ` 4.80 lakhs.
  • Sustainable management of water and sanitation facilities at village level funded by Arghyam, Bangaluru. The project cost is ` 13.85 lakhs.
  • Block Level Differently abled Facilitating Agency (BDFA) under Pudhu Vaazhvu Project of Govt. of Tamil Nadu.

Completed projects

  • Field Demonstration and Dissemination of composting technologies for small farmers and SHG – supported by CAPART, Hyderabad, and this project was undertaken in10 villages covering 100 farmers and 11 SHGs.
  • Medicinal Plants Nursery – In the recent past, the demand for medicinal plants has increased in a big way. A nursery has been established for medicinal plants wherein the plants of high demand and endangered plants are propagated. About 27 such plants have been planted for propagation. A sophisticated mist chamber has also been set-up.
  • Training on medicinal plants – the agricultural extension group also provides training on medicinal plants and their uses and developing a herbal kitchen garden to Village Health Nurse and SHGs. About 600 VHNs have been trained.
  • Extension Centre for Bio-manure – Khadi and village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai has recognized Gandhigram Trust as one of their extension centre’s for bio-manure since 2002. Awareness and entrepreneurship development programmes are conducted for farmers, SHGs and NGOs.
  • Aromatic Plants Project – The Gandhigram Trust has just commenced implementing a new project titled ” Aromatic Plants Project” This two year project is supported by the Department of Science and Technology New Delhi. The project aims at generating income for small and marginal farmers and SHGs through introduction of aromatic crops and value addition. Aromatic oil extraction from crops such as palmarosa, vettiver, and lemongrass are taken up under this project.
  • Watershed Development – Gandhigram Trust has taken up a watershed development project in four villages covering 35 hamlets, with a population of 17,000 (Approximately). The physical target of this project is to cover 5 micro watersheds in an area of 2369 hectares. The proposal envisages six dimensions of development to make it comprehensive. They are:
    (i) Water and sanitation, (ii) Rural Health, (iii) Rural Education, (iv) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, (v) Medicinal Plants cultivation, and (vi) Income Generation Programmes. The Project aims at, in addition to creating physical structures needed for water conservation, educating the man to conserve water and vegetation so as to maximize the social benefit to all sections of the population. This three year project, funded under Rastriya Sam Vikas Yojana (RSVY) of Union Planning Commission.
  • Technology Resource centre (TRC) for rural technologies funded by CAPART. Project Cost      ` 55.28 lakhs.
  • Biotechnological Intervention for societal development, implemented in collaboration with MCRC, Chennai, funded by Dept. of Biotechnology, New Delhi. Project Cost ` 14.18 lakhs.
  • Clean Village, funded by Arghyam, Bangaluru. The project cost is `13.85 lakhs.
  • Installation of spry drying equipment for technology up gradation of natural dyes funded by Dept. of Science and Technology. Project Cost   `  9.70 lakhs.
  • Pilot unit for the manufacture of cost effective sanitary napkin funded by Dept. of Science and Technology. Project Cost   ` 5.16 lakhs.
  • Thotanoothu Watershed Project funded by NABARD for   `1.25 lakhs
  • Workshop on technology identification funded by CAPART for  `  1.36 lakhs.
  • Promotion of organic cultivation of underutilized Medicinal, Aromatic and Dye yielding plants by small and marginal farmers of Dindigul district funded by UN – FAO India. The project cost is  ` 11.18 lakhs.
  • Improving rural health through waste management techniques funded by NABARD. The project cost is  `  20.34 lakhs
  • Core support project – Five Components(Post harvesting technologies, Eco-Friendly fabric technology, Technological improvements & mechanization in Charkha & Loom  and designs in textiles, Sanitary Napkin & Baby diapers technologies and product development and Research and development for improvements in Jaipur foot technology) funded by DST started from 01.05.2009. The project cost is ` 27 lakhs.

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