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CDC-LLR: Fostering Progress
Partnering Organization: Community Development Centre for Learning, Livelihood & Research (CDC-LLR)
Location: Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
The Community Development Livelihood Centre for Learning Livelihood & Research (CDC-LLR) is KCT Group Trust’s first flagship project. The CDC-LLR offers a range of services to farmers, such as a state of the art laboratory facility at a subsidized cost, training modules and interactive sessions with industry professionals. It also provides social services such as health care in collaboration with local NGOs and Government Organizations. Thereby improving the quality of life of the farmers, their families and that of the local community at large.
CDC-LLR Laborartory: The CDC-LLR has an international standard laboratory with the most sophisticated equipment and accurate testing in the region. Farmers from over 70 villages of Nellore district and from neighbouring districts have access to the laboratory, since it’s inception in 2016. The CDC-LLR laboratory offers advanced testing services for soil, pesticides, farm input products, probiotics, bacteria and viruses at subsidized rates. It was the first laboratory in Nellore to introduce real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing, an advanced form of testing slected sections of DNA or RNA for analysis. The CDC-LLR laboratory also has the most modern and sophisticated equipment for water and soil testing, and is the only laboratory to give real time reports. Another important function of the CDC-LLR laboratory is to collate and study data for research, to help understand aquaculture industry trends and patterns.
Farmer Training Sessions: Monthly training sessions are conducted for aquaculture farmers to educate them on good farming practices, disease management and interational farming trends and patterns. A mega event is held annually where both an International and Indian aquaculture specialist and industry expert are invited to speak followed by an interactive session with the famers.
In 2016 the CDC-LLR invited Mr. Van Alexander from Nutriad, Belgium and Mr. S. Santhana Krishnan, CEO, Maritech and former President of Society of Aquaculture Professionals, Chennai to speak and the mega event. Mr. Van Alexander spoke on- The importance of quality inputs in Vannamei farming and the use of various Probiotics and other farm care services, as well as methods to enhance and sustain production of shrimp farming. Mr. Santhanakrishnan presented a paper emphasizing- The need for sustainable aqua culture practices, and the merits and demerits of different culture related techniques that farmers practice. The main event was in Nellore and was attended by approximately 570 farmers. Similar sessions were organized in Bhimavaram and Surat, with 500 and 150 farmers attending respectively.
Healthcare: Bi-monthly general health camps are conducted in the remote villages of Nellore to detect and cure communicable and non-communicable diseases. Basic parameters such as height, weight, pulse rate and blood pressure are checked and free blood sugar tests offered to the elderly. Medicines are given free of cost in the health camps. Records of these check-ups are maintained to identify patterns of illnesses and diseases. Special health camps are organised if any recurring disease or health condition is identified. Over 20 villages have been covered till date with approximately 200 people being treated per camp. A total of 3153 people have availed medical aid from the camps.
Gender Equality: Women’s Self Help Groups (SHG) are being created to aid the cause of Gender Equality. Initially, these women will be taught skills to make them self-sufficient which will be augmented by skill development programs, organised in collaboration with various NGOs and the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare.
The main focus groups for SHG’s are single women and the physically disabled (PWD) in the most remote villages in the district. PWDs in rural India are vulnerable to societal norms. The SHG’s objective is to help them develop a vocational skill in order for them to become financially self-reliant, thereby improving their quality of life.
The groups worked towards acquiring Government entitlements like SADAREM Certificates that are linked to Government and private agencies and provide the individual access to various therapies and institutions for obtaining government aided assistive devices. The SHGs have applied on behalf of the applications for devices such as tricycles, crutches, and hearing aids at the Department of Disability Welfare.
In the 30 villages identified for this project, 13 new SHGs have been formed for the Physically Disabled Group and 5 existing SHGs have been revived. At least 102 SHGs have been identified with an active participation of over 1020. Single women from these groups are being identified for a skill development project.
BETTER LIVING: Ensuring Community Health
Partnering Organization: Rural Development Project?
Location: Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
The Waterbase Ltd., a KCT Group company located in Ananthpuram, is a leading manufacturer of high quality shrimp feed in India. The KCT Group Trust works closely with the local community to understand it’s needs and provide infrastructural support. As part of the infrastructure development plan, KCT Group Trust provided a 100 mts CC road for Varakavipudi village.
In Vishwanathraopet village, Nellore, KCT Group Trust is fulfilling a request from the Gram Panchayat and installing an RO water filter to provide clean drinking water to nearly 110 households.
In November 2015, the villages surrounding the factory at were plagued by severe epidemic and other health issues due to severe natural calamities and floods. To control the spread of Malaria and Dengue after the floods, the KCT Group conducted at least three rounds of fogging and fuming in every village, protecting at least 1600 households with a population of 5937 in all the four villages. Mosquito nets were distributed to the poor families of expecting and lactating mothers.
The village primary schools were also adversely effected by the floods. The trust helped clean and repair three primary schools and donated outdoor playing implements .