Maikal Hills Livelihood Resource Centre (MHLRC)
MHLRC, CARD Ghughari
Location: The Maikal Hill Livelihood Resource Centre (MHLRC) is situated in a scenic location occupying valley between two forest covered hills in a well-connected tribal predominant backward region, 35km from Mandla. The CARD campus is spread up in 6 acres of agriculture field in village Gawara (2 km from Ghughari) where agriculture, horticulture and fishery demonstration plots, plant nurseries and vegetable plots are laid. The campus has its own pucca constructed well (13m), a tube well (60m), and a farm pond (35x35m) ensuring adequate water supply throughout the year.
Facility: There is an eco-friendly Training Centre to accommodate up to 50 persons for long durations with a training hall, mess and dining, and recreation spaces. There are 6 rooms with common wash facilities and another 8 rooms with attached wash facilities. The rooms are 3 and 4 seaters and have basic necessities. Training equipment include LCD, OHP, TV, computers and laptops with internet facility and other training requisites, including a Gen Set (30KV).
The MHLRC has the advantages of imparting training in ‘learning by seeing and doing’ mode as CARD is associated in implementation of watershed, agriculture, horticulture (vegetables and fruits), fishery, NTFP and other development programmes and has formed thousands of community institutions in around 100 villages surrounding the Campus. These institutions include SHGs, VDCs, FIGs, Federations, Producer Companies, Watershed Associations, Water User Associations, User Groups, etc.
Regular mess facility is provided to the hostel inmates
CARD provides its local resource persons for specific inputs towards rural livelihood pursuits and may also provide guides (Community Resource Persons) for field visits. CARD also organises most of its routine activities to coincide with the training/ exposure period so that the trainees can have hands on practical exposure to various community activities. These include SHG/ FIG weekly meetings; Producer Company Monthly Board meeting;; Panchayat Meeting, etc.
The MHLRC has been providing regular trainings for MKSP and IWMP and the Campus has hosted students from IIT bombay, Xidas, Jabalpur and XISAS Ranchi for internship and rural exposure.
CARD also has one Rural Technology Resource Centre at Ghughari with DST approved training (Techno- Management) packages in Honey, NTFP processing, Food Processing, Plant Nursery and Natural Fibre (Sisal). There is another small Training Hall for up to 20 participants just on the river bank. Regular short duration on the job trainings on selected NTFP TMPs are being organized here. CARD has adequate infrastructure for on the job training which includes; honey processing plant, medicinal plant and food processers, pulveriser, Crusher, mixers, grinder, cutter and boiler, and both electric and solar driers.