Introduction
The government of India have sanctioned a project MKSP for reviving paddy cultivation through women labour bank for total cost of Rs.60.62 Crores under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)
Mahila Kisan Sashathikaran Pariyojana(MKSP) aims to identify about 30000 women agricultural labourers and marginal farmers in about 279 Grama panchayats, spread across 44 Block panchayats and 3 districts panchayats- Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur of central Kerala and equipping them with adequate machinery, training and knowledge. So that women’s labour bank formed through this process will be in a position to stop the decline of paddy cultivation in short term and reverse it in the long term.

The concept is derived from the success of Green Army’s experiment at Wadakkanchery block panchayat in Thrissur district has set a successful role model for other panchayat raj institutions through its innovative project which empowered the under paid women workforce in traditional agricultural sector as well as rejuvenated the declining paddy sector. The Green Army the state’s first skilled agricultural labour bank, formed by block panchayat offered a solution to the acute labour shortage in the farm sector.