COODU has been serving the people and the Nation in Agriculture and Allied sectors, among others, since its genesis in the year 1995. The organisation commenced its services in Coimbatore District and extended its services to the districts of Cuddalore, Dindigul, namakkal, Trippur, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur, Krishnagiri, Tiruvallur, Tiruvanamali, Kanchipuram and Viruthunagar. From forming Water Users Associations (WUAs) comprising farmers, Watershed Users Groups (WUGs) comprising farmers and other stakeholders, Women Farmers Group, creating and developing irrigation infrastructures, building the skills and capacity of farmers, extending loans to farmers for purchase of agricultural implements and machineries, introducing organic farming, assisting farmers in creating and developing plantations, promoting afforestation and pasture development by creating block and avenue plantations and on bunds, thereby creating income generation sources for people, constructing cattle ponds and contributing to the growth of agriculture and allied sectors. COODU has been contributing to these sectors.
Having facilitated in the development of 292 watersheds with an extent of 1,41,000 Ha, the organisation contributed to the growth of agriculture & allied sectors, whereby, approximately 14,600 Ha of land has been reclaimed for agricultural activities; in 24,760 Ha, agro-forestry had been raised / developed; 5480 Ha of land had been brought under horticulture crops.
The Central and State Govt schemes under which watershed development were executed are:-
Under the Tamil Nadu Irrigation Agriculture Modernisation and Water Bodies Restoration and Management Project (TN IAMWARM), Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) was implemented, wherein, the organisation formed 70 WUAs comprising 1912 farmers and equipped them with skills and knowledge on PIM, water budget, problems and issues and finding solutions, roles and responsibilities of members, convergence, GB and committees, maintenance of registers, efficient and judicious use of water, modern agricultural practices , conduct of meetings, maintenance of irrigation assets, organisation and management of financial, water, assets and conflict. The project was executed in Guntar basin situated in Madurai, Theni and Virudhunagar districts. The project was funded by World Bank and administered by the PWD-WRO with the Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Engineering, Environment and Forests, Rural Development, Revenue and the TNAU, which imparted training to the farmers and advised them.
Under the Technology Dissemination Project of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), COODU organised 60 farmers in twelve blocks of Coimbatore District in the year 2013-14 and 2014-15, grouped them into 24 batches each comprising 25 farmers. Farmers were trained on intensive cultivation of millets, vegetables and fruit crops by experts from the TNAU and KVK. Field demonstration were conducted to provide on hand training to the farmers. Trainings on cattle management, moriculture and silkworm rearing were also imparted.