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Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods: Case Study on our Tasar Operations conducted by United Nations - World Food Programme & International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Nurseries & Plantation  
Outreach-Districts: 5, Valleys: 25, Villages: 283

AT India's nurseries and plantation program directly complements its livelihood activities in order to create a viable raw material resource base to provide long-term support to AT India's livelihood activities. Local community involvement is enlisted by making them active participants in the plantation process along with facilitating the adoption of multiple measures that enable natural regeneration. The main activities undertaken are as follows:
. Plantation to facilitate various livelihood activities- including oak tasar and eri sericulture, fodder for dairy, and ringal (dwarf bamboo) for handicrafts.
. Planting of alternative fodder species (is of special significance to the conservation of forests) as they mitigate free grazing and inappropriate lopping of valuable traditional fodder tree species like oak.
. Creating seed banks and encouraging development of nurseries for village based plantation activity.

The plantation program is being implemented in partnership with Government Agencies, Van Panchayats, Gram Panchayats, SHGS and 22 other local NGOs and CBOs. AT India provides the technical know-how along with the logistical support to selected nursery growers to raise nurseries on select species. The plant species are identified on the basis of their ecological and economic viability for each of the livelihood sub-sector. A network of more than 23 agencies has successfully raised 551 nurseries, providing employment and income to 554 nursery growers, mostly women SHG members. From 1998 to date, AT India with the help of communities has successfully planted approximately 26.67 lac saplings of trees on approximately 1107 ha of land belonging to Van Panchayats, community and private lands. The following table depicts the species wise plantation carried out uptill 2014.

Species
Saplings Planted (No)
Dendrocalamus strictus  (Bamboo)
2,354
Q Serrata ( Manipuri Oak)
21,26,400
Grevia oppsitifolia ( Fodder)
4,565
Bahunia vareigata (Fodder)
5,657
Q. leucotricophora (Banjh Oak)
42,875
Arundenaria falcate (Ringal)
2,654
Litsea polyantha (Fodder)
12,548
Prunus indica (Fodder)
8,798
Total
22,05,851