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The Dry Land Development Project (DLDP) was conceived when implementing the Drought Relief Works (DRW) project in 1986. At that time, it was felt that having a onceoff effort was not the best way to deal with the problem. Instead, a more systematic, sustained and long term programme approach was necessary.
In August 1986, the Dry Land Development Project was presented to NOVIB, the Netherlands, in order to develop over 9,000 acres of uncultivable patches of government allotted land in 87 village Coolie Sangha Units and usefully afforest them, within each CSUs allotted budget of CSU Strength x 125 persondays for 3 years.
The Coolies and their CSUs were to be technically assisted in planning and implementing these dry land development works, thereby strengthening and enhancing their traditional knowledge.