Performance of Orissa Rajya Talaguda Samabaya Sangha Ltd.

           Palm industry is a labour intensive traditional village Industry known to mankind for its economic viability from the dawn of civilisation. Different types of palm trees can provide food to the poor, shelter to the homeless and employment to unemployed to earn their livehood. The juice (Neera) extracted from the tree can be converted to jaggeries and the leaves are utilised for production of a host of artistic and useful leaf articles. The trunk and other parts of the tree has useful applications in day to day life. Different products are directly obtained by processing the juice (Neera) extracted by the tappers from the palm trees. Pamlgur is obtained by evaporation of juice to a semisolid stage. Palm sugar and palm candy are obtained in crystal form prepared out of palm syrup at the appropriate state of concentration. Palm candy is also produced by crystallising the palm juice at a critical temperature which has a lot of demand. Neera which is rich in minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, protein can meet the daily requirement of man. The other valuable items of products are palm fibre, palm brushes, palm hand sticks, fancy leaf articles etc.

            In the state of Orissa palm trees are abundantly seen in the coastal as well as tribal regions. It has been estimated that 40 lakhs (approx.) palm trees (datepalm, palmyrah trees, sago palm) are existing in the state, which have potential to generate huge employment in the rural and backward areas. About 30,000 beneficiaries (tapper community) are associated with these activities that mainly belong to SC, ST and other weaker sections of the society. In our state the above activities were carried on by a few societies and voluntary organisations at selected places in the early period of post independence era. Realising the employment potential of these activities primary cooperatives were organised in the village area and production started in massive scale. The State Govt. has established the Apex Cooperative Federation (Orissa Rajya Talaguda Samabaya Sangh) in the year 1959 with the sole objective of expanding palmgur activities all over the state.

Organisation

            This Apex Cooperative Federation is working under the administrative control of the Industries Department. The affairs of the organisation is managed by a board of management headed by an elected President along with 21 elected representatives of primary societies including three Govt. nominees, namely President OKVI Board, Excise Commissioner and Registrar Cooperative Societies, Orissa, apart from a full time Managing Director. The authorised share capital is Rs.60 lakhs & Rs.1 lakh worth of share belong to the State Govt.

            The federation was funded by KVIC through OK&VI Board in form of grant / loan and the affiliated societies were provided financial assistance upto the year 199495 to carry on the production activities in palm industry sector. Presently, the artisans are being assisted under SGSY scheme and Federation is extending all possible assistance to the artisans in the area of training, skill upgradation, supplying  of tools, equipments which assisting marketing them in  products manufactured by them.

            Although there were 66 primary societies affiliated to the Apex Organisation, presently only 50 societies are functioning in 12 districts of the state. The list of working societies is mentioned below.

Cuttack District

1.       Padmapur Talgur Coop. Society                           At  Imamnagar, PO  Padmapur

2.       Mohasinghpur Talgur Coop. Society                     At/PO  Mahana

3.       Mahanga Talgur Coop. Society                            At  Saigoda, PO  Manoharpur

4.       Nischintakoili Talgur Coop. Society                      At  Banamalipur, PO  Sukarpada

5.       Kishore Nagar Talgur Coop Society                     At  Nakkuoyr, PO  Kishoraenagar

6.       Nilamadhaba Talgur Coop. Society                      At  Talapunjee, PO Jagatsinghpur

Puri District

7.       Shree Jagannath Talgur Coop. Society                  At/PO  Biranarasinghpur

8.       Swarajya Talgur Coop. Society                            At/PO  Jenapur

9.       Pipil Talgur Coop. Society                                    At  Sinapur, PO Pipli

10.     Prachi Talgur Coop. Society                                 At  Gajabara, PO  Charichhaka

11      Banadurga Talgur Coop. Society                          At/PO  Malud

Gajapati District

12      Attarsing Talgur Coop. Society                             At/PO  Attarsingh

13.     Baliasahi Talgur Coop. Society                             At  Brahmanapara, PO  Cheliguda

14.     Malikeswar Talgur Coop. Society                        At  Dambadhgia, PO  Cheliguda

15.     Ramagiri Talgur Coop. Society                             At/PO  Godibandha

16.     Baradanga Talgur Coop. Society                          At/PO  Baradanga

17.     Nuagada Talgur Coop. Society                            At/PO  Nuagada

18.     Gopabandhu Talgur Coop. Society                       At/PO  Rayagada

19.     Ambeda Talgur Coop. Society                             At  Ambeda, PO  Gayatajuba

20.     Manikeswari Talgur Coop. Society                       At  Barianbandha, PO  Badasindhaba

Angul District

21.     Pabala Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                        At  Pabala, PO  Karatapatta

22.     Tarabha Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                      At/PO  Tarabha

23.     Talcher Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                       At  Setelandpur, PO  Talcher

24.     Kandhakoili Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                At  Kandhakoile, PO  Jagannathpur

25.     Kenchuanali Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                At  Kenchuanali, PO  Kantapara

26.     Ganjada Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                      At  Ganjada, PO  Kantapara

27.     Kumari Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                       At  Kumari, PO  Kotyhabhin

28.     Bhagirathipur Talgur Indl. Coop. Society              At  Bhagirathipur, PO  Thakurgod

29.     Kantabeda Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                  At  Kantabeda, PO  Tainshi

30.     Kasinathpur Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                At  Kasinathpur, PO Kantabeda

31.     Anthulia Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                      At  Antulia, PO  Kothabhuin

32.     Salar Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                           At  Salar, PO  Puruna Kote

33.     Bamur Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                        At  Bamur, PO  Kishorenagar

34.     Ashrubahal Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                 At  Ashrubahal, PO  Kishoreganj

Jagatsinghpur District

35.     Jagatsinghpur Talgur Coop. Society                      At  Gopalsagar, PO  Jagatsinghpur

36.     Raghunathpur Talgur Coop. Society                     At/PO  Raghunathpur

37.     Biribati Talgur Coop. Society                               At  Utarsasan, PO  Madhyasasan

Kendrapara District

38.     Thakurpatna Talgur Coop. Society                       At  Santasahi, PO  Kendrapara

39.     Garadpur Talgur Coop. Society                            AtPO  Parakana, Via  Nuapara

Jajpur District

40.     Biraja Talgur Coop. Society                                 At  Kadandapur, PO  Puruna Bazar

41.     Dasarathpur Talgur Coop. Society                        At/PO  Dasarathpur

42.     Balichandrapur Talgur Coop. Society                   AtPO  Balichandrapur

Khurda District

43.     Jagulai Talgur Coop. Society                                At  Jagannathpur, PO  Trinath Bazar

Bhadrak District

44.     Dhamnagar Talgur Coop. Society                         At/PO  Dhamnagar

Sambalpur District

45.     Anithapalli Talgur Coop. Society                          At  Mahamadpur, PO  Hirakud  II

Dhenkanal District

46.     Faramula Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                    At/PO  Faramula

47.     Sanahunda Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                  At  Sanahunda, PO  Kantimili

48.     Bhaktapur Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                   At  Sarsingh, PO  Nuabaga

49.     Dudhukateni Talgur Indl. Coop. Society               At  Dudhukateni, PO  Chaulia

50.     Khandabandha Talgur Indl. Coop. Society           At  Khandabandha, PO  Kalunigadia

51.     Birikhunti Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                    At  Birikhunti, PO  Joranda

52.     Padapada Talgur Indl. Coop. Society                   At  Badapada, PO  Hindol Road

The performance of palm industries sector during last three years is mentioned below:

Year

Production (Rs. in lakhs)

Sale (Rs. in lakhs)

Employment (in Nos.)

1

2

3

4

1999  2000

286.69

312.44

27867

2000  2001

178.99

161.04

18788

2001  2002

272.35

299.22

25541

            Itemwise production, sale and employment for last 3 years are furnished in Table 4.3.

TABLE  4.3

Name of the Products

Production (in lakhs)

Sale (in lakhs)

Employment (in Nos.)

 

1999 2000

2000 2001

2001 2002

1999 2000

2000 2001

2001 2002

1999 2000

2000 2001

2001 2002

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Neera

0.08

0.20

1.07

0.22

0.56

1.50

6

12

14

Palmgur

82.57

39.40

94.49

84.74

0.88

95.06

8010

4214

8733

Other Edible Products

13.43

8.12

0.08

15.74

9.44

0.14

1005

982

8

Palmleaf Articles

100.92

73.73

8.19

112.15

84.42

9.46

10005

7912

777

Horn Articles

23.79

 

 

27.68

 

 

2160

 

 

Palmyrah Fibre

11.33

5.64

10.53

12.15

6.00

12.31

1620

814

1105

Palm Fibre Articles

2.10

2.74

86.66

1.33

3.46

101.50

71

76

8913

Nonedible Articles

52.47

43.03

54.75

58.43

48.81

60.33

4990

4192

4855

Naar Articles

 

6.13

10.66

 

7.47

13.33

 

586

1006

Honey

 

 

1.37

 

 

1.63

 

 

3

Palm Wood Articles

 

 

0.53

 

 

0.46

 

 

5

Palmyrah Brush

 

 

4.02

 

 

3.50

 

 

122

TOTAL

286.69

178.99

272.35

312.44

161. 04

299.22

27867

18788

25541

Palm Orchards / Palm complexes / Sales Centres

            The federation has developed palm orchads over an area of 38.10 acres at different places with valuable plantation to continue the research work, design development of various palm products. Besides there are 4 palm complexes with production centres located at Bahugram in Cuttack District, Podapada in Dhenkanal District, Chhelligada in Gajapati District and Parikuda in Puri District. The Federation has three sales outlets located at Chandinichowk inside Cuttack Municipality, Unit  II, Market Building inside Bhubaneswar Municipality and Badapodia Market in Paradeep. The various palm products manufactured by departmental production units as well as the palm products of artisans, Handicrafts & Village Industries products are also being sold in these sale centres.