CHES (ICAR-IIHR) in collaboration with Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK), BR-Hills organized an event to strengthen livelihood of tribal farmers through vegetable cultivation and backyard poultry under Tribal Sub-Plan on November 14, 2018 at VGKK, BR hills. More than 150 tribal beneficiaries belonging to Puranipodu, Seegebetta, Manjigundi, Kalyanipodu, Koulahaali dam and Boodipadaga villages participated in the programme. The programme was also attended by Mr Arun Kumar, coordinator VGKK along with the staff members of VGKK. The purpose of this programme was to strengthen livelihood of tribal farmers through vegetable cultivation and backyard poultry farming. During the inauguration programme, Dr L K Bharathi, Pr. Scientist & Head (i/c), CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Chettalli extended a welcome to the delegates, rural and tribal farmers. In his inaugural address, Dr Veere Gowda emphasised the need of technical know-how and selection of appropriate variety to enhance vegetable production. Dr B Narayanaswamy, Pr. Scientist, Division of Social Sciences and Training, ICAR-IIHR, gave brief introduction about the about the onion and French bean varieties developed by ICAR-IIHR and the advantages of Giriraja breed of poultry. Dr Jade Gowda, president of VGKK counselled the participants to make use of ICAR-IIHR technologies and appreciated the role of CHES in livelihood improvement of tribal of BR-Hills. Dr C Made Gowda, Zilla Budakattu Girijana Abhivrudhi Sangha appreciated the efforts of CHES by providing vegetable seeds and poultry chick for sustaining the farm income of tribal beneficiaries. Dr Saju George, Sr. Scientist & Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (ICAR-IIHR), Gonikoppa gave a formal vote of thanks. Along with this, Dr R Veere Gowda briefed about cultivation of onion and french bean and Dr S C Suresh, SMS, KVK, Gonikoppa explained about Giriraja breed of poultry and how to nurse the chicks. Inputs like onion and French bean varieties (Arka Ujjwal & Arka Sharath respectively) and a popular breed of poultry i.e. Giriraja along with other inputs like poultry vaccines, bamboo baskets were distributed to 165 tribal beneficiaries on this occasion.