Livestock promotion The thrust areas of Diya foundation in Livestock
The thrust areas of Diya foundation in Livestock promotion activities are Piggery, Goatery, Poultry, and duck farming. The models are low cost and also add to improving the health and hygiene of the livestock as well as the health of the family. The rearing practices have been improved and commercialized toenhance income generation. A total of 1200 families are directly involved in the livestock activities receiving an additional income of 25,000/- to 45,000/- per household annually.
Integrated Horticulture Interventions
This intervention comes with an intensive focus on agricultural crops such as banana, areca nut, lemon, and pineapple. Adopting the practice of intercropping with spices in areca nut trees (black pepper, turmeric, ginger, etc). This allows the farmers to earn an extra income of Rs. 30,000/- to 50,000/- annually which translates into a better life with investment in children’s education and household infrastructure.
Spice promotion The areas Diya Foundation is working in are prone to human-animal conflicts,
especially wild elephants. In order to regain income from the damage caused, spice cultivation is promoted. Spices such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric, etc
are being cultivated by 2000 households. Spice cultivation is incorporated with
homestead crops; black pepper is grown together with areca nut.
Sericulture The area of Assam that Diya Foundation is currently actively engaged in is referred to as the golden belt for sericulture. The Rabha communities in these areas are still holding on to this traditional practice. Diya Foundation is working on promoting sericulture in these areas and for that has formed a farmer producer company (FPC) called Mappakai. A total of 550 households are involved in Sericulture value chain activity (plantation, rearing, spinning, weaving, natural dying) and are earning an additional income of around 3500/- to 4000/- additionally per month. Eri silk and Muga silk are produced under this livelihood