|Posted by spandan samaj seva samiti on July 17, 2013 at 3:00 AM|
Korku the lesser known and hunger vulnerable tribe of Madhay Pradesh, with whom we have been relating for more than a decade have been victims of alarming malnutrition , deaths and household hunger. this unsavory situation has emerged as Kokru in their settled phase of present living adopted crops and farming and food of other communites around them. Their divorce from tarditional crops like maize and sorghum and millets like small millets and Indian barnyard millets and attarction to cash crops like soybean , cotton and wheat has haeved more problems on them. The cash crops have failed in tendem and alraedy poor Korkus are forced to distress migrate. The sitaution has compounded in complexity. The malnutrition scenario has become chronic. The stance to address this has been more on public health lines : anganwadis, haelth care, nutrition rehab centers and so on. A serious thought has not been given that unless the Korku are asssited to revert back to tradiitonal crops and millets the community's nutrition backbone remain shattered and go onfrom bad to worst.
We initiated a porcess whwerin we have promoted te Kokru farmers to rethink and revert back to crops that wil regird the community nutrition base. We reminded them of their aboriiginal folk tale that recounts how tribal deity gifted those seven specific crops and millets to them and departing form them has been a havoc.
This year nearly 1000 farmers have reconsiderd and have taken back to growing of maize an sorghum ; small millets and paspalum scrobatum (Kodo). These will not only sustain their economic needs but have food for longer periods at home during the year. They have ran campaigns to muster as much tardiitonal seeds thay could and have set up a seed bank and have promoted many of their kinsmen to " see and believe'.
This has layered our other efforts at addressing malnutrition amomg Kokrutribe children.
We need individuals and agencies to support this cause for further extension... !!!!!