Community watershed-based approach for increased agricultural productivity

A comprehensive watershed approach for sustainable ground water resources and farm incomes in Kerala BACKGROUND Poor crop production and productivity have led to poor incomes in Kasaragod district of Kerala. This can be partially attributed to poor soil health and partly due to scarcity of water and degradation of natural resources which has compounded the… Continue reading Community watershed-based approach for increased agricultural productivity

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

Increasing productivity of small farmers through micro-irrigation

Flexible micro-irrigation kits enable the judicious use of groundwater in eight Indian states BACKGROUND Small farm holders comprise around 75 percent of India‚Äôs farming group, who typically cultivate plots less than a hectare in size and remain trapped in vicious cycle of hunger and poverty. Smallholders by the virtue of dearth of resources remain restricted… Continue reading Increasing productivity of small farmers through micro-irrigation