Enhancement of livelihood options based on locally available resources in disaster affected villages in Kedar valley of Uttarakhand


Principal Investigator : Dr. R.K. Maikhuri, Scientist 'F'G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development

Co-Principal Investigator : Dr. A. K. Sahani, Scientist 'D', GBPNIHESD

Contact details :

Email : rkmaikhuri [at] rediffmai [dot] com

Mob No. : +91-9410392632

Thrust Area : Sustainable Agriculture & Bio-farming

Project Area : Kedarnath valley, block Okhimath, Rudraprayag district



The major objective of the project is to harness the potential local bioresources through science and technological interventions for enhancing livelihood of the rural people of the disaster affected Kedar valley. Baseline socio-economic profile of the project sites and village community mobilization has been carried out for conducting on-site training, demonstration and capacity building. The project also envisages creating series of field based experimentation and trials of technologies demonstrated in the RTC established at Triyuginarayan as well as farmers land. About 15 appropriate technologies grouped under four major categories such as, 1) Protected cultivation, 2) Organic compost and biofertilizer, 3) Off-farm technologies, and 4) Other supporting technologies has been developed, demonstrated, promoted, replicated and disseminated to user group particularly rural people and women folk.

  • Established nursery (under 20 Nali) of high value medicinal plant species i.e., Picrorhiza kurooa, Saussurea costus, Valleriana wallichii and Inula racemosa and raised about 1.20 lakhs seedlings of which about 0.50 lakhs seedlings were distributed to 60 households (HH) of Tarsali & nearby villages for large scale cultivation. The marketing and by back arrangements of the product has been initiated with pharmaceutical industry (Emami Pvt.Ltd, Calcutta).
  • Organized five skill development programme (each of 2 days) and trained about 204 farmers (142 male & 62 female) in the field of vegetable cultivation under protected condition, bioprospecting of wild edibles, medicinal plant cultivation, biocomposting, floriculture, water harvesting, etc.
  • Sustainable harvesting practices and value addition of 12 potential wild bioresources has been demonstrated and promoted for edible product development and benefited about 30 HH.
  • Off seasonal vegetable cultivation under the protected conditions has been adopted by 72 households which provided an additional of income of Rs.6760/hh/yr.
  • Promoting large scale floriculture for household income generation while developing huge nursery of Marigold (Calendula officinalis) in Triyuginarayan village cluster to meet the growing demand of flower particularly during pilgrimage season.
  • Developed pilot nursery of multipurpose tree species for demonstration on restoration of disaster affected flooded rural landscape.


  • Demonstration of cost-effective protected cultivation of promising high value off-seasonal and seasonal vegetables under protected condition (poly-house/shade-net house/polytunnels) through participatory approach.
  • Demonstration through cultivation of selected high value low volume medicinal plant species and their integration with horticultural plants. 
  • Screening of potential multipurpose tree species based on ecological suitability and adaptability, economically valuable and socially acceptable for large scale restoration/ rehabilitation of flooded rural landscape of the region. 
  • Capacity building/skill development through training, live demonstrations/field exercise of disaster affected people on sustainable utilization and management of bio and land resources for livelihood improvement.


  • Installed and distributed poly-houses and poly-sheets in model demonstration site and in some selected villages for vegetable sq. meter cultivation.
  • More than 30 farmers have started nursery raising of some valuable vegetable.
  • Developing demonstration model on integration of medicinal plants cultivation together with horticultural plants as a potential option to increase per unit area production and income.
  • Initiated screening and raising nursery of 10 MPTs for restoration/rehabilitation of flooded rural landscape in the valley following ecological restoration and agroforestry approaches.
  • 3 training programs and 2 skill development programs on livelihood enhancement and sustainable management of natural resources have been organized between November 2016- July 2017.
  • 20 polysheets of 20X20 feet and 20 shade nets of 20X20 feet were distributed to farmers
  • Raised about 60,000 seedlings of MAPs in the nursery for promoting large scale cultivation and distribution among interested farmers in the region
  • 204 people(142 males and 62 females) from 8 villages provided training on livelihood enhancement based on locally available resources
  • About 12 appropriate technologies grouped under four major categories such as (protected cultivation, organic compost and biofertilizer, off-farm technologies and other supporting technologies)
  • Three training programme and two skill development programme on livelihood enhancement and sustainable management of natural  resources have been organized
  • 560 respondents were consulted for livelihood improvement and socio-economic development in selected villages
  • 110 households using facilities created under the project
  • 30 target households provided with vermiculture and vermicompost training
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