Bamboo Handicraft Workshop


Bamboo Handicraft Workshop helps the students achieve expertise in this particular skilled work along with the academic curriculum. The handicrafts prepared by the students and also the populous of the nearby villages are displayed at various exhibitions organised in different cities. These handicrafts are put on sale during these exhibitions, and students/villagers receive a royalty of the items sold at these exhibitions, thus marking the first step towards self-sustenance.


Dairy



One of the projects under the Lok Biradari development schemes is the dairy management. Everyday requirements of milk and milk products in the Biradari and the nearby villages is satisfied by the dairy. Everyday on an average 80-100 liters of milk is produced at the dairy. Milk is used to make dairy products like curds and cottage-cheese as well.


Agriculture



When the Lok Biradari began functioning there had been no plan to set up a school. It was dictated by circumstances. But formal education through the school was not the only kind of teaching the organization did. Agricultural extension activity was an important part. Traditionally the Madia Gonds grew no vegetables. They raised millets and rice, and drew all the rest of their wants from the forests. They ate all sorts of animals: dogs, cats, ants, birds, monkeys, etc, often drying the meat to preserve it so that they could eat it later The LBP began by distributing hybrid paddy varieties to the tribals so that they could get higher yields. They also used to distribute vegetable and fruit seeds. Simultaneously they organized demonstration plots, both on its own land and in tribal villages. The students in the Lok Biradari School too were taught improved agricultural techniques and they proved to be good ambassadors in their own villages. So successful have they been that almost all the tribals have now begun to grow vegetables and fruits. The government too has started distributing hybrid seeds, so the LBP has stopped doing so to avoid duplication of efforts. Another important activity was to provide life-saving irrigation to tribal farmers. Sometimes the rains would vanish for a few days or weeks right in the middle of an important growth phase for crops. During this period the LBP would offer their diesel pumps to the tribal farmers on condition that the farmers paid for the cost of the diesel. This activity still continues, but in a limited way, because many farmers now have their own diesel pumps bought with a 100% subsidy from the government. The LBP still provides training to such beneficiaries and later helps out by repairing those pumps that fail. About 20 pumps are repaired every year. Spray pumps to spray insecticides and pesticides are still lent to farmers. There is even a government handpump repair unit at Bhamragad. Even so the LBP repairs about 10-12 handpumps every year.