Collective farming for enhancing farmers’ income

Promoting precision farming techniques among marginalised farmer groups in Tamil Nadu BACKGROUND Periyakalakkadi is a village in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, situated very close to the Chennai highways and the East Coast Road (ECR). Land in Periyakalakkadi was allotted to rural landless and poor labourers during the Bhoomidhan (Bhoodan) movement through an NGO, ASSEFA… Continue reading Collective farming for enhancing farmers’ income

Creative farmer games teach judicious use of water in agriculture

Participatory aquifer mapping and crop water budgeting to change farmers behavior in Andhra Pradesh BACKGROUND Anantapur is a particularly water-distressed district in Andhra Pradesh. In 2010-12, 76% of the total area irrigated is serviced by tube wells, an increase from 44% in the period 1998-2001. During the same period, the area irrigated by dug wells… Continue reading Creative farmer games teach judicious use of water in agriculture

Community led resource efficient agriculture in Bundelkhand

Enabling farmer community for collective local planning and resource management BACKGROUND Bundelkhand, a semi-arid region in Central India, is characterized by poor human development indicators and degraded natural resources. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, with 90 percent of the population being dependent on agriculture and 75 percent of agriculture are rain-fed. Poor productivity… Continue reading Community led resource efficient agriculture in Bundelkhand

Participatory framework for groundwater management in agriculture

Community-driven plans for groundwater sustainability in Maharashtra BACKGROUND The western Indian state of Maharashtra has been plagued by a prolonged and decade-long agrarian crisis. Thousands of farmers have committed suicides as hectares of crops are lost annually due to dearth of water. However, villages like Randullabad in Satara district have managed to tide over this… Continue reading Participatory framework for groundwater management in agriculture

Community based Water Management Practices

With decreasing availability and increasing consumption of water, it is imperative to develop effective mechanisms to manage existing water resources. This emphasizes the non – negotiable role of the community in water management and conservation, and this becomes even more pertinent among the crop producers. This presents robust evidence of community groups spearheading super-efficient water… Continue reading Community based Water Management Practices

Customised irrigation mitigates risks for farmers

BACKGROUND Groundwater is irrefutably one of the vital sources of water to the human race. It accounts for over 60 percent of the irrigated area in the country and is critical to food security. It is estimated that over 70 percent of India’s food grain production materializes from irrigated agriculture, in which groundwater plays a… Continue reading Customised irrigation mitigates risks for farmers

Drip irrigation for enhanced water use efficiency

BACKGROUND The conventional irrigation system used in the agricultural sector in India, called the furrow system or the flow-through system comprises supplying water in series from the topmost basin to the bottom-most basin and regulating the flow of water with sand bunds or weirs. The water for irrigation is sourced through pumping water from open… Continue reading Drip irrigation for enhanced water use efficiency