Bore-well pooling by farmers to address water security

Equitable sharing of groundwater for sustainable agriculture in AP and Telangana BACKGROUND In erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana and Andhra Pradesh), arid to semi-arid weather, deep hard rock aquifers, power and monetary subsidies to farmers and absence of any formal legislation/ social regulation to govern water extraction have resulted in competitive bore-well digging. Such rampant… Continue reading Bore-well pooling by farmers to address water security

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

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