Reducing non-revenue water (NRW) in Rajkot

Using water meters, leakage-detection instruments and state-of-the-art technology to reduce water losses BACKGROUND Global phenomenon like population growth, climate variability, and ever- expanding industrialisation has strong implications on water availability and resulted in chronic water shortage problem. This has severely impacted Indian region as well. Apart from this, leakages and theft of water, either through… Continue reading Reducing non-revenue water (NRW) in Rajkot

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

Micro-sprinkler irrigation for efficient use of water

An affordable and farmer-friendly micro-irrigation system to conserve water in Kerala BACKGROUND Properly designed drip and sprinkler systems typically achieve highly efficient use of water. However, the large-scale adoption by farmers of a drip or sprinkler system is constrained by factors such as the sophisticated design of components, frequent clogging of emitters and high initial… Continue reading Micro-sprinkler irrigation for efficient use of water

Promoting Direct Seeding of Rice

BACKGROUND The East India Plateau (EIP), comprising major parts of Jharkhand and some parts of adjoining West Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa, is one of the poorest regions of India. It is characterized by high but unevenly distributed rainfall (1,100–1,600 mm, 80 percent received from June to September), frequent and sometimes long dry spells within the… Continue reading Promoting Direct Seeding of Rice

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’s 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

Irrigation simplified through treadle pumps

An affordable and eco-friendly water lifting solution for marginal farmers in seven states of India BACKGROUND States falling under the Indo – Gangetic belt, such as Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh, have abundant water resources in the form of higher level of water table. However, smallholders face the… Continue reading Irrigation simplified through treadle pumps