Low Cost Eco-Technologies for Bio-Village Development in Rural North East India
Posted: 17 Nov 2008
Date Written: November 17, 2008
The concept of 'bio-village', though of recent origin, has gained much success due to its practical utility in addressing the issues faced by rural farmers across the nation. This concept advocates adoption of eco-friendly technologies and enterprise development based on biological resources, can be used as a tool in addressing the issues of sustainable livelihood and food security. It provides the poor access to multiple sources of livelihood through skill upgradation and technological empowerment. People in the states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar have started to get benefit by adopting the concept of bio-village. However, in the North Eastern region of the country it is yet to start materializing in spite of the sincere efforts of organizations like National Institute of Rural Development. This paper tries to highlight some of the sustainable technologies that can be undertaken for the development of bio-villages in NE India which are carefully chosen keeping in mind the inherent strengths like rich biodiversity and weaknesses like unfavourble terrain for conventional agriculture. The technologies considered in detail here are the bio-briquette as a source of clean energy and the trellises supplying the different nutritional requirements of a family. These technologies, if adopted while developing bio-villages, would help to do away with the problem of hunger and poverty to a great extent in the region especially in the rural areas.
Keywords: Bio-village, North East India, Bio-briquette, Trellis
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