Stories from the Field

Sweet success with mangoes

Manish Sharma
Ranchi, Jharkhand

Rajkumar Yadav, a resident of Bhoktadih village in Hunterganj block, Jharkhand, experienced a remarkable transformation. What was once a barren land, exposed to wild animals, is now a thriving mango orchard. This success story stands as evidence of the growing impact of the Birsa Harit Gram Yojna (BHGY).


“It feels like a blessing,” Rajkumar beams, reflecting on the positive impact. 

Before the intervention, Rajkumar’s land barely produced enough sesame and legumes, often damaged by wild animals. “There wasn’t much to hope for,” he recalls the tough times. But soon, everything changed. 

Rajkumar participated in the mango gardening scheme under BHGY. This scheme, operating under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), has significantly improved the lives of many in the region, including Rajkumar. 

This pioneering initiative in Jharkhand, supported by the Planning Cell and Transform Rural India, a development design practice, has been a game-changer. Not only did the scheme provide financial support, but it also empowered Rajkumar to lead a better life with dignity and respect


The benefits under the scheme go beyond the mango orchard. With the land’s improved water retention, Rajkumar can now grow various crops in the remaining space, ensuring a steady and diverse harvest.

“Now, I don’t need to worry about buying vegetables separately; I have them right here in my garden,” he says proudly. This year, Rajkumar anticipates harvesting about 150 kg of mangoes, providing both food and income. The idea of selling his produce at market prices fills him with great optimism. “This is just the start,” he says. “I foresee even higher profits in the future.”


Rajkumar is thankful to MNREGA and its dedicated, hard working staff. Their dedication has not only changed his land but also ensured a better future for his family. He appreciates how the scheme has improved his land, livelihood, and his future.

Rajkumar Yadav’s story is a testament to how the BHGY scheme keeps growing, helping rural communities and promoting sustainable farming.



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