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Name of the Village 	:  Mudhunal
Block			:  Ramanathapuram
District		:  Ramanathapuram
SHG 			: Kubaran Mahalir Mandram 
Name of the Leader	: Mrs. Kanitha Akilan
Date of survey		:  15.02.2005

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Coastal Saline Research Centre, Ramanathapuram conducted On Campus, Off Campus and Vocational training programmes in order to impart the hands on skill activities. The KVK imposed trainings to farmers, farm women, unemployed rural youths, school dropouts and the SHG members. The vocational training programmes were designed to such a way to develop income generation activities and to start self employment. The vocational trainings include viz., mushroom production, composting technologies, Food processing (Value added products preparation) and preparation of horticulture seedlings.

There were 40 Nos. of vocational trainings offered by the KVK to 1117 beneficiaries. More than 150 Self Help Groups were trained during last year. Out of these, the SHGs members called Kuberan Mhalir Maundram belonged to Mudhunal village of Ramanathapuram district. The group was led by Mrs. Kavitha w/o Agilan aged 24b and studied up-to DD. The members were decided to start income generating activities after attending the training at KVK, Coastal Saline Research Centre, Ramanathapuram with an interest to improved socio-economic status of their village. They have started commercial production of pickle. Before to prepare the products the requirement of the customers were assessed. Based on their requirements they have prepared the products. So they good market price. According to the type customer the packing techniques were changed prices were fixed.

To start the self employment the cost of production was worked out. The amount was collected equally from the members of the group. Then the benefits gained by sale of products were divided into equal and added to their common funds. This amount helps them to take a loan by the Group members. The following products were prepared by them and sold. For example Tomato pickle, onion pickle, Garlic pickle and Ginger etc.

The benefit cost ratio was worked out for the products are given here under.

1Tomato20 kg160.00
2Onion10 kg120.00
3Tamarind1 kg48.00
5Viniger -12.00
6Sodium benzoate-12.00
7Gingelly oil5 litre420.00
8Chilli powder1/4 kg31.25
10Cumin 1509.00
11Fenugreek 1506.00
13Garlic1/4 kg9.00
14Plastic cover1/4 kg40.00
15Container5 Dozen200.00
16Salt1/2 kg6.00
17Candle1 No.3.00
18Kerosene 1 litre40.00

A. Tomato Pickle Preparation

Tomato		- 5 kg
Gingelly oil	- 1 1/4 litre
Chilli powder	-  400 g
Turmeric powder	-  25 g
Salt		- 500 g
Fenugreek	-  25 g
Asafetida	-  25 g
Viniger		-  100 ml

Cost of Tomato pickle
Rate / Bottle		= Rs.25/-
16 bottles		= 16x 25 = Rs.400/-
No. of sachet prepared	=  100 Nos.
100 packets		Price of one sachet is 50 paisa

So for 100 Nos.  	=  100 x 0.50 = Rs.50/-
31 packets		=  Rs.15.50
Total (A)		=  Rs.2000 + 50 = Rs. 2050.00

B. Onion pickle

Total No. of bottles prepared	= 80 Nos.
Cost of the pickle		=  Rs.30/bottle (250 gm / bottle)
Rate / bottle (250 gm)		=  Rs.30/-
@ 80 bottles			=  30 x 80 = Rs.2400/-
Total No. of sachets prepared	=  125  Nos.
Price of one sachet		= 0.50 paisa
So for 125 Nos.			=  62.50
Total	(B)			= 2462.50
Total expenditure towards the cost of production	= Rs.1141.25
Total Gross return	=  A + B 
= Rs.2050 + Rs.2462.50 = Rs.4512.50
Net return		= Rs.4512.50 - Rs.1141.25
			=  Rs.3371.25
The BC ratio
So for one year  	= 1 : 3
			= Rs.40,455/-

Similarly, the other members of the Self Help Groups also attained the same benefit. Further, they stated that the remuneration gained from the business supported them to increase their home income. Thereby they can help their children's education in buying books, getting admission in better schools and paying fees etc. In addition to this, due to this training programme they have learnt to take nutritional food like mushroom, vegetables and value added products which will pave way for the increase of nutritional status. The groups are acting as a role model for other groups. Because of their economical development, the group was respected by the society. Now they have been involved in all decision making activities both in the family as well as in the society. The uniqueness of the success story is as follows.

  • Self confidence
  • Social respect
  • Self employment
  • Economic improvement
  • Approaching the developmental organizations