TURA: Sister Rose Kayathinkara, founder of Mendipathar Multipurpose Cooperative Society, was awarded at a function in Resubelpara on Tuesday on the occasion of International Women’s Day for her contribution towards social welfare activities.
Rose plans to go in for coconut plantation in Garo Hills this year. She plans to go in for coconut plantation in around 265 hectares of land in North and East Garo Hills. Already, 365 farmers are getting into the job.
Awareness programmes regarding coconut cultivation are being held under the leadership of TS Jose, Chairman of Coconut Board.
Sixteen clusters have been formed village-wise and they have been given the job of ensuring cultivation in their respective clusters.
Sister Rose Kayathinkara said, “The sole objective behind the entire initiative is to promote livelihood sustainability and apart from food purpose the coconuts can be used for making different products thus imbibing a spirit of entrepreneurship in the region.”
The soil of Garo Hills sits well for coconut cultivation. Since coconut cultivation does not degrade the land the farmers can even go for cultivation of crops once coconut cultivation is through. We plan to grow turmeric, ginger and tapioca as well,” Sister Rose adds.
Sister Rose who has been working in Garo Hills since 1977 has been focusing on sustainable development of the people right from formation of SHGs to environmental awareness protection, empowerment of farmers through education, campaigning for gender parity and empowerment of women and children.
Once the awareness programmes are through, a technical training programme will also be held for the farmers on March 21 next and thereafter coconut saplings will be planted from the month of June.