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Social Initiatives for Growth and Networking (SIGN)
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Ranchi – 834001, Jharkhand, India
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  Reseach in lac

“Social Initiatives for Growth and Networking” (SIGN) engaged Access Livelihoods Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., Secundrabad to carry out a feasibility study to elucidate the viability of sustainable lac cultivation in Khunti district.

A detailed study was carried out in Khunti, Murhu and Torpa blocks of the districts. Study covered around 145 farmers, 5 lac traders, concerned line departments and various active livelihood promoting agencies in the district. The highest no.of lac farmers (87) participated from Murhu block compared to Khunti and Torpa blocks.

SWOT Analysis

The SWOT analysis of the lac production scenario based on survey of lac cultivators and information collected from line departments and traders is as follows:

CASE STUDY: A Progressive Lac Cultivator from Murhu Block

Farmer’s Name: Harun Horo
Village: Kumhardi (8 kms from the main road)
Block: Murhu
District: Khunti

General Information
Mr. Harun Horo, a progressive farmer from Murhu block of Khunti district, earns attractive revenue from Lac cultivation, and has set a model for rest of the Lac farmers in the area. Lac cultivation is being done since the age of his grandparents along with other cultivation practices.

Mr. Horo follows integrated Lac farming model. Along with Lac cultivation on his Kusum and Ber trees, he cultivates Paddy, Urad, Madua, Kurthi and vegetables on his 3.5 Acres of Land. These crops are mainly used for captive consumption by his family. If something is left after captive consumption, is sold out to the nearby market. These crops do not contribute much towards cash income for his family. He also does Goat and pig rearing, poultry farming and apiculture, which are additional sources of income for his family.

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