Economic Development through Kudumbasree – A Glance into the Figures
|In 2010, the Kudumbasree units of Kumarakom cultivated paddy in about 300 acres and produced 3825 quintal of paddy. About 17 quintal was produced in an acre. Paddy worth about Rs. 46 lakh (10 lakh = a million) was sold, after keeping apart enough for the needs of the women who were involved.
It is the women of the Kudumbasree units who perform all the tasks related to rice cultivation and they are able to reap a reasonable income by joining hands with the RT programme. They also contribute to the ecological upliftment of the area by turning the fallow land into cultivable land. While they took 55 acres of fallow land for lease in 2009 and cultivated crops in it, they could repeat their success in 68 acres of fallow land in 2010.
The income from hotels and restaurants for the supply of vegetables crossed Rs.27 lakh in 2010 and that from the other products by Kudumbasree (like rice powder, chips and handicrafts) has been about Rs.12 lakh so far.