India: Restoration of agriculture in Little Nicobar

Report
from Government of India
Published on 24 Apr 2005
With a view to taking steps for rehabilitation and restoration of agriculture in different tribal villages of Nicobar, a team headed by Shri Vikas Anand, Assistant Commissioner & SDM, Campbell Bay, Shri N. Biswas, Soil Conservation Officer, staff of Agriculture and Revenue Departments, Campbell Bay visited entire east coast of Little Nicobar Island on April 23, 2005. Shri Paul Joora, Chairman Tribal Council Kondul and First and Second Captains of each tribal village accompanied the visiting team at Pulo Panja and assessed the extent of damage to land, crops, houses, hori, boats, loss of pigs and poultry etc. Most of the plantation of Pulopanja and nearby tribal villages of Curn, Ugnyoun, Dasahai, Chatiphu, Pilo Bha, Pereng, Rereng, Llamah, Uduanna, Kenlaicheh, Pulopathia, Pulohoi, Pulobha, Kinkon, Rinlada, Shaluch, Pulu Peya, Pulo Ulon, Langhi (Panbasti) had severe land and crop loss ranging from 40 to 60 % of plantation area. Tsunami had damaged thousands of plantation trees of coconut, arecanut, banana and other fruit plants.

The visiting team with the help of Tribal Captains developed a coconut nursery bed of 102 seed nuts and the Soil Conservation Officer demonstrated the method of raising a coconut nursery bed. The tribals were requested to take up the work of raising coconut seedlings which the Agriculture Department will purchase at the rate of Rs. 15/- per seedling from them for planting in the tribal villages as a package of rehabilitation and restoration of agriculture.

The team also visited jetty and adjacent area of Kondul Island which had also suffered severe crop and land damage.

On April 21, 2005, the team had visited Pullmillow and Mackachua tribal villages of Little Nicobar. Hundred banana suckers and twenty coconut seedlings were distributed and planted. Damage to land, plantation crops, and houses were assessed.

Twentyeight tribal villagers could visit their native village after Tsunami for the first time.