Located at the very heart of Nandakumarpur, South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal is the Sunderbans German Bakery managed and owned by women of Sunderbans since the year 2015. Under the guidance of Sabuj Sangha, a women’s SHG federation ‘Sundarbans Mohila Swanirvar Gosthi Cooperative Ltd.’, the Bakery prepares affordable nutritious fresh Bakery products to the local people through the local market and also supplies its product to other places like Mathurapur-I block and Kolkata. Every day, 200 kgs of flour used to produce varieties of biscuits, bread, cakes and cookies. The Bakery also produces protein rich biscuits, which are quite flavoursome and nutritious for the malnourished children in the area and others.
The Bakery provides livelihood to approximately 50 families in the region. Women play a crucial role starting from the Production to marketing and Sales and to Accounts keeping. Almost 50 local young enterprising people endeavours to collect the products and sell it to the local market directly from the Bakery. With increasing demand the Bakery has now become an inspiration for many to start their own entrepreneurship.
Sunderbans is one of the remotely located areas in the geographical map of the world. Since many years, the area has attracted the attention of the tourists, national and international for its rich cultural diversity and habitat. The people of Sunderbans are mostly dependent on either forest resources or fishing or agriculture. Even today, some areas in Sunderbans have still remained very isolated and non-arrived. This area is also highly susceptible to climate disasters.
Owing to such challenges, it became imperative for Sabuj Sangha to develop and manage an Agricultural Resource Centre (ARC) at Herambagopalpur Gram Panchayat in the Patharpratima Block of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on 2 acre of land. The ARC aims to create opportunities towards sustainable agricultural production by organic farming. This centres acts as a resource for information dissemination related to high yielding varieties of seeds, pest management and control, vermin-composting, development of nutrition garden, high humidity chambers and encouraging farmers towards organic production of crops and their benefits. Additionally, trainings are conducted with farmers on improved techniques and optimum utilisation of land for farming to increase production.