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Farming stories on video as livelihood

Ranchi, Oct. 24: Progressive farmers of Jharkhand may soon double up as filmmakers, sharing their experiences on video and advising their peer groups.

To launch this initiative, the state rural development department is set to join hands with Digital Green, a Delhi-based NGO that has been working among farmers in select areas of Jharkhand.

A formal tie up will be inked tomorrow during a department-sponsored workshop aimed at largescale livelihood promotion for the rural poor.

The event will be jointly inaugurated by Union ministers Jairam Ramesh (rural development) and K. S. Rao (textiles) at BNR Chanakya in the afternoon.

Special secretary Paritosh Upadhyay said the workshop was aimed at exchanging ideas to ensure convergence of three key government schemes, MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme), NRLM (National Rural Livelihood Mission) and CDP (Catalytic Development Programme).

“The state will present its vision document in livelihood promotion schemes. This apart, we will also launch our new website, sign a few MoUs with self-help groups and NGOs,” he said.

On the video documentation project, the secretary said the idea was train make films that would capture their expertise.

“The video clips will be made by farmers for farmers. We will begin with a few pilots blocks before expanding it further,” Upadhyay said.

The primary objective of the Jharkhand rural livelihood programme, he added, was to create economic and professional opportunities at ground levels.

“For example, this video project will provide additional exposure and a skill set to local farmers who, besides farming, could earn money through filming, editing, photography etc.”