The small 10 katha plot was insufficient to provide for the family of Arun Kr. Maity of Ramganga. The pressure of livelihood forced members to migrate in search of work. Sri Maity himself sought dangerous occupation as wood cutter in the forest area to provide for the family during the lean season.
Land Shaping and integrated farming has shown a ray of hope where he anticipates a yearly income of 25 to 26 thousand rupees per year for the benefit of multi crop and multi product harvest. Vegetables, pulses, fishes – so many varieties have never ever featured on the small plot of this marginal farmer.
“The small plot was cultivable only once during the year. Since we cannot afford artificial irrigation, the dependence on rain water restricted the cultivation to the aman crop of paddy only. As a result we were forced to take up odd jobs or migrate to other areas in search of work” he says.
“We expect to earn enough to support the family through integrated farming. Besides, the vegetables and fish will also provide supplementary nutrition for the family that we lack in our daily diet.”
“If we can support our families and practice farming in a way that will help the environment, it is double benefit for us” – says a hopeful Maity.
Abdul Gaffar Sheikh
51 years ago, Abdul Gaffar Sheikh was born in a poor family at Monirhat village at Joynagar, South 24 Parganas. At present, Abdul Gaffar Sheikh is 51-year-old but he still lives in a poor family. He has 8 children, which includes one son and 7 daughters. All the daughters of Mr. Gaffar have been got married while his son lives separately with his wife. Mr Gaffar’s daughter-in-law never took any care of her father-in-law and mother-in-law and they abandoned them. After that incident, Gaffar and his wife were forced to spend their lives in empty stomach.
Having no option left in his hand, he started repairing of nets of the villagers, engaged in the jori work, operating tailoring machine to weave shirts and pants, making basket from bamboo stick and selling in the market at high price rate. Thus, Abdul Gaffar Sheikh started spending his days on earning wage as daily labour and was enjoying a simple life.
But after some days, his eye sight becoming very low. He could not see anything as earlier which results to hamper his daily economic activities. As a result, his family income started becoming low, his debt had started to increase day by day.
In such a condition he went to a homeopathy doctor for eye treatment with his wife. The doctor prescribed him some medicine for a month. But there were no improvement of his eye sight after one month went past.
One day, he attended an eye camp organized by Sundarban Eye Hospital at the primary school of Mr. Gaffar’s village. He was screened and identified as a cataract patient at the eye camp. Immediately he had been provided an opportunity for cataract operation in free of cost from Sundarban Eye Hospital.
After successful operation, now he is seeing everything clearly as earlier. He told his neighbors that he is able to see everything very clear as compared to his childhood. Mr. Gaffar and his wife are so much happy now after the successful cataract operation of him.
After the operation, Mr. Gaffar took a month’s rest before he has started his works again efficiently. Nowadays he is getting orders again from the neighbors to repair their net. Now he is able to operate the tailoring machine quickly and there is no problem for him even to attach thread in the needle. In addition, he can now do the jory work more quickly comparing to the earlier past.
He expressed his heartiest gratitude to the SSDC Eye Hospital for the hospitality he received there from the medical team. He prayed to the God for prosperity of the Sundarban Eye Hospital.