“This is the pond that would be dry at the beginning of the year. The pond has been revived by Hindustan
In 2015, Hindustan
The project aims to address issues arising from water scarcity for agriculture, high soil erosion, land degradation, lack of knowledge on agricultural production technology through sustainable improvement in agricultural production techniques and optimum utilization of natural resources.
To date, 32,400 meters of farm bunds have been constructed in Khaprale village and 24,260 meters in Chandrapur village. Continuous contour trenches have been completed, as well as 63 loose boulder structures and earthen gully plugs. Trees also have been planted.
Repair work on percolation tanks in both villages has boosted storage capacity and increased the water table in the community well. According to Meerabai Talape, Sarpanch (Elected Head of Village), Khaprale. “The water in our wells wouldn’t last for more than four or five months after the rainy season. Last year, Hindustan
“We need to do lots of things for our village related to water scarcity. Now that Hindustan
The Automated Weather Station (AWS) is proving to be a boon for farmers. Installed at Chandrapur, equidistant from Khaprale and Jamgaon villages, the station sends customized information to registered farmers about their crops, rainfall, wind speed and direction, weather forecast and market price of their produce -- all in the local language. “The message that we receive is easy to understand and read. With this information, we are better informed to plan our next few days and farming activities,” said Namdev Sadgir, a farmer from Chandrapur village.
Crispino Lobo, Managing Trustee, WOTR,said, “Through this partnership with Hindustan
Empowering women is an important component of the project. The expected outcome of this project will be increased water availability for drinking and agriculture, increased farm incomes, improved food and nutrition security and a better quality of life than at present.”