Saturday, October 21, 2006


Common features of KBK districts

The KBK districts account for 19.72% population over 30.59% geographical

area of the State. Tribal communities (38.72%) dominate this region.

Several socio-economic indicators highlight the backwardness of this region.

Road connectivity is a major constraint in the region. Missing links pose

significant challenges to the people to access market places, educational

institutions and health services.

Rainfall is generally erratic and unevenly distributed. Irrigation facilities (both

surface and lift) are inadequate. Thus, the region often experiences problems

of moisture stress.

At present all the eight KBK districts are ecologically disturbed. More than

50% of forests of these districts is degraded. This aggravates the problem of

poverty in the region.

Problems of soil erosion and land degradation are common. Water retention

capacity of soils is generally poor. These factors, among others, significantly

contribute to low land productivity.

Per hectare yield of rice in the KBK district is substantially low.

Employment opportunities in the region are limited. Agriculture, which is the

major economic activity, does not generate adequate avenues of employment

for the rural poor. As a result, many men and women go out to urban areas

both inside and outside the State in search of employment. This leaves the old

and infirm in the villages.

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