Mr. Jabra Pahariya hails from Bada Gutipada Village situated in Pakur District, in the eastern State of Jharkhand India.
He has 4 acres of upland fields, which were stony and full of boulders, and therefore it was considered as barren land not fit for farming. EFICOR with the support of Tearfund Canada and CFGB are implementing a food security project in these rocky hills for the marginalized Malto ethnic community.
Besides being sloping and rocky, intense soil erosion degraded the quality of the land, rendering it fallow. Since some of the farmers in that village own such land, the project planned to help these farmers control soil erosion and to convert the farm into cultivable land. After attending awareness meetings on natural resource management, conservation agriculture and land treatment Mr. Jabra was convinced that his land could be transformed into a fertile, cultivable farmland. During the stone bunding work, (see above, the contour rows behind the couple) he contributed his manpower by clearing away the unwanted bushes to assist the laborers working on stone bunding. He was amazed to see the change that the land had undergone on the first day itself. Motivated, he and his wife Baidi Paharin continued to help in the stone bunding work along with the other labourers.
Finally, both the husband and wife witnessed the transformation of their undulating land. Now they are planning to grow maize and pigeon peas in the same plot for the first time during the coming monsoon. Following the advice given to them during the training on Conservation Agriculture, and noticing the benefits of stone bunding on their land, the couple is careful not to plough the land too deep for sowing seeds. Mr. Jabra is thankful to EFICOR; he said,