Archive for September, 2011
The state government of orissahas launched e-governance of blood banks in the state. This will help people in accessing information about the availability of blood in any blood bank of the state f
The 80 blood banks, including 56 banks of the Indian Red Cross Society, will be connected online with real time information on availability in various banks, said the official. National AIDS Control Organization is funding the project.
The initiative in fact is a great step as one can easily find out the blood availability anywhere during an emergency situation and a better knowledge about the daily need of blood.At present, if attendants of a patient don’t find blood of a particular group in a particular bank, they have to check with others individually, which is a lengthy process in an emergency situation. Among other things, major blood banks will have close circuit cameras to monitor activities on their premises.
The project would be implemented across Orissa under the National Rural Health Scheme. Apart from digitizing information at the district blood banks, an online database of names, addresses and telephone numbers of voluntary blood bank will be maintained.
The initiative is a great help for patients and their inmates who have to pass through many hurdles to get blood during the time of emergency.
Dadarghati dam at Parjang block in Dhenkanal district can well be dubbed as the second paradise for migratory birds after brackish water lagoons of Chilika.
The majestic dam with its artificial waterfall is admired for its scenic beauty as it attracts many visitors and tourists who flock here for weekend picnic. Starting October, the place turns into a melting pot of migratory birds. Thousands of birds visit the dam every year who fly in here from places as far as Siberia,Baikal lake and
Oronthologists are of the opinion that this place receives the highest population of migratory birds in Orissa after Chilka. Apart from the birds, thickets in the adjoining areas are noted for divergent wildlife population. Elephants can be spotted coming in troops here for drinking water. Similarly deer and langoors are available in plenty here.
But it’s the ever increasing population of birds in the recent years that has pushed Dadarghati as a ‘must place to visit’ both for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The dam originally built on river Gambhiria nullah for a medium irrigation project in 1981.The catchment area of the project is 102 sq km and its full reservoir level stands at 118.87 meters. The reservoir covers five Pani Panchayats in adjoining villages of Parjang block.
The place which is slowly seeing an increase in traffic of tourists in recent years from October till February, has every potential to be nurtured as a tourist destination. The weather being temperate and hospitable during this time has a magical effect both on the surroundings as well as the visiting tourists.
So if you are looking for a break from daily life activities, visit Dadarghati and enjoy your stay in nature’s lap.
Taking a route different from tradition, fishermen community of Mahakalpada village in Kendrapara district have developed a unique way to appease their local deity – Nagmata. The villagers garland the idol with currency notes wreath and worship worship her on the floating water of river Mahanadi in a big raft made of banana shafts .
Apart from the floating sanctum sanctorium, the deity is also worshipped at the temple altar as an age old custom.The fishermen community of the village believes that by worshiping the goddess Manasa Devi who is fondly called Nagmata, they will be spared from the wrath of poisonous snakes when they go out to the river for fishing.
On Kanya Sankranti, the followers of the Mother observe all rituals with all paraphernalia including making banana stems raft, setting it afloat on Mahanadiriver water to make it look like a floating sanctum sanctorum. The floating raft can accommodate around 10 persons at a time to worship the deity.
Manasa Devi has an ardent clan of devotees among the inhabitants of many small villages that dot the coastline here. For them Manasa Devi is the lifeline that they piously cling to while facing their daily tribulations in the sea. Apart from performing the puja in the floating sanctum, the devotees perform all rites and rituals in the midst of water and also at the sanctum sanctorum. After that they offer currency notes garland to the Lord to propitiate her.
Later in the evening the idol is immersed in the bay of Bengal along with the raft. But the priests and the temple committee members take out the currency garlands from the idol and utilize the money in meeting the cost of daily rites and rituals of the goddess and in the development of the temple.
Strange as it may sound, coffee is supposed to be one of the most traded commodities of the world, followed by petroleum. Mushrooming cafeterias in the country are testament to the the rising popularity of the hot beverage among old as well as young. And though Brazil is known internationally and closer home in India, it Karnataka which is synonymous with the production and supply of coffee, Koraput region of Orissa has slowly slipped into being one of the major coffee producing hubs in the country. Located along the chains of NH43 of Koraput district in Orissa is a full fledged coffee plantation run by coffee Board of India. Welcome to theLandofCoffeeproduction in East!
Though introduced much earlier in Orissa, coffee has been taken seriously as a cash crop only in recent years. It was introduced in Koraput in 1930 by Late Maharaja B?ikram Dev Barma of Jeypore.Though still not popular as an agricultural produce, it was taken up as a tool os soil conservation to avoid situation in Machkund basin in 1958.Following its success, coffe plantation was encouraged in large scale in the neighboring districts of Paralakhemundi,Phulbani, Keonjhar and Kalahandi. It was then that the coffee Board of India thought of expanding it to tribal sector and a land area of 16 hectares involving 40 tribal beneficiaries was covered in this project. In the first phase 1321.4 hectares of area were covered.
The coffee plantations of Koraput however attracted serious entrepreneurs in the recent years only. Today there are about 122 private growers in the Koraput who take to commercial cultivation of coffee .The coffee growers in Koraput and Rayagada district have made huge profits bringing in huge profits bringing in a change in the socio economic conditions of tribal working there in Koraput.
A coffee plantation normally takes four years to mature. Typically, mild and not too acidic coffee possesses an exotic full bodied taste and grows in cool temperature with some amount of humidity. The coffee plantation in Koraput is ideal and one of its kind in the sense that the plantation barely employs extensive fertilizers as in other states. The type of coffee that are planted in Koraput include Arabicas and Robustas. High elevation and humid conditions are ideally suited for growing these varieties of coffees.
The processing of coffee is under the care Quality Control Division of the Coffee Board. It has set certain specifications for the processing, grading and garbling of specialty coffee to ensure quality. Only 15 members can be engaged at a time in 10 acres of plantation. There are two types of processing – primary and secondary. In primary processing, selective harvesting is done with special attention with careful hand picking of just ripened berries. Natural fermentation is a must for flavor development and high standard of quality. Soaking the washed bins in fresh water overnight is essential for the development of color and flavor in the bean. Slow drying is absolutely necessary under natural light.
In secondary processing grading of the coffee beans at curing level is done. The process involves separation of beans according to size, shape and density followed by meticulous garbling that improves quality.
The coffee plantation in Koraput employs a large number of people. The different areas to work on include fertilizer application, weeding, bush management, nursery maintenance, harvesting and processing. The workers receive their wages as per the rule of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. That means at Rs 120 per day, the produce from Koraput is exported to places like Bangalore and Mumbai for processing and marketing. Almost 70% of the production in India is exported according to the officials of the Coffee Board.
Coffee is the largest commodity traded internationally and India has a big stake in it. Koraput in Orissa contributes to this endeavor in a humble if not in a substantial manner.