This is what I wrote in a friend's facebook page, and I hope pasting it in a blog for your updation does the job for the time being.
"We have distributed seeds to 600 farmer families in Sunderbans for backyard farming to help them get over the mental block that their salinated lands are no good for farming and those are (reportedly) yielding good results. This proves to them that at least their backyards are back to fertility.
Next step: we plan to help a sample of 20 farmers to grow rice in salinated water logged paddy fields. Aim is to see that all farmers in these villages see the results and get over the same block for their paddy fields. If these bear crop in a couple of months, these can help prove to us - and more importantly to them - that they have hope for next rice season."
The number of families supported is actually 575 as per counting during today's final phase of seed distribution; we found that the number of seed packets were a little lesser than estimated.
Sandeepan will soon come up with a more detailed update on the seed distribution for backyard farming.