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Restoring the Farmers’ Lifeline in India

 winner

The project “Reviving the farmers lifeline with the help of water resource development” won the WAF Award in 2016.

Mr. Mahendra Phate, director of the project together with Mr. Haribhai Mori, says: “Even though our area of work is confined within the Wardha district, India, through the WAF Award many people have come to know about our project. Thanks to WAFA we can reach people in many countries where there is a need for such a project

 

The Problem

In Warda district of Maharashtra State, India, silted seasonal rivers could no longer supply water for agriculture. Monsoon rains burst their banks, flooding fields, destroying crops, and eroding land. This desperate situation provoked increasing suicides. After mobilizing the community in 2009, Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation (KJBF) initiated studies to restore the river system.

Community Commitment

Farmers were reluctant to donate land for stream revival. However, through respectful dialogue, they came to support the project. KJPF’s research, shared with all stakeholders, was key to this process. KJBF organized beneficiaries into user groups, which were active in all aspects of the project.

KJBF set  farmers’ contribution at 10 % of the cost and let user groups decide how to share the cost. Because farmers supported the project, they contributed quickly; some even contributed for less fortunate colleagues. During implementation, village volunteers marked the channel and supervised the work.

Resources

KJBF generally funds its projects; some are implemented in collaboration with government, NABARD and TATA Trusts.  Community contribution, in cash and labour, ensures ownership and maintenance. Community volunteers assist KJBF’s experts and social worker. KJBF’s machines excavate at less than half the market rate rentals.  A “no profit no loss” formula covers operations, maintenance, salaries, and depreciation.

Spreading the Word

As word has spread of the benefits, user groups now organize themselves to raise their share. The Water Resource Team does a feasibility check, prepares a design, and works out details with stakeholders. When all stakeholders are on board, KJBF starts work.

Ongoing Improvements

KJBF has made three major changes to optimize results. First is excavating ponds for storage, recharge, and silt capture. User groups distribute the silt to farmers. Second is improving embankments. Third is raising farmers’ contribution to 17%, with their agreement; the additional 7%, contributed in kind, purchases pipes to drain overflow back into the river.

Stakeholders are also working together to develop organic farming and learning water-saving techniques to mitigate climate change. KJBF collaborates with all stakeholders, levels, castes, and shades, including women.

Obstacles

Maintenance is the main obstacle; government funding is scarce. KJBF trains user groups; some village committees contribute. KJBF is working with stakeholders to improve management.  

Measurable Success 

On the supply side, 91 check dams conserve monsoon water, reviving 135 watercourses. Ample water from wells and conserved runoff has eliminated the need to bore into the aquifers. On the demand side, drip irrigation and sprinklers save water. Conservation measures and captured silt rejuvenate the soil. Consequently, agricultural production has increased substantially and the water table has remained stable. There have been no suicides among families in the programme.

This programme is replicable throughout India. The WAFA Award can also help to communicate this possibility globally.

 

Comments

  1. Moh Javed Rizavi

    Very nice and real need based activity done from KJBF…
    All the best KJBF all team…

  2. Rajesh Kumar Sharma

    KJBF improved the lifeline of farmer by providing 91 dams to conserve monsoon water

  3. Vikramsinh L Dahima

    Great work done by KJBF for farmers of Vardha dist. (MH). All the best to KJBF Team

  4. AMIT TIWARI

    IT IS A GOOD MISSION . IT IS A FUTURE OF INDIA. I WISH ALL PEOPLE SUPPORT IT . IT ALSO MAKE A FUTURE OF FARMER,S. I PRAY TO GOD TO COMPLETE THE MISSION OF UN(UNITED NATION).ME AND MY GOD SUPPORT IT.
    THANKS FOR UN (UNITED NATION)

    BY AMIT TIWARI AND HIS HAPPY FAMILY

  5. Ravi Kant Shukla

    A very good initiative, definitely will restore confidence in farmers of this area nd bring prosperity to them.

  6. Ashok Mahajan

    India needs more such Industrual houses to come forward for uplifting poor people; great initiative

  7. Shahid Miyan

    Very nice and real need based activity done from KJBF…
    All the best KJBF all team…

  8. Ram Kumar

    KJBF executed a great afford because water for their crop is like a breath , sometimes at the time of heavy rain in term of flood it is dangerous for crops as well as residence areas , I feel it closely ,creating dams for water restoring a great job to reviving
    farmers life .

  9. Sanjay Saxena, Gola Gokaran Nath

    I am very much thank full to Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation (KJBF) to improve the lifeline of farmers with the help of water resource developments in Warda district.

  10. Devendra kumar

    देश की तरक्की व खुशहाली मे सराहनीय कदम

  11. Dilip Kumar Verma

    We are very very thank full for Kamalnayan Bajaj foundation and thanks for bajaj group

  12. Girish Kumar Pandey

    Excellent job for restoring the farmers lifeline in India by Kamalnayan Jamanalal Bajaj Foundation.

  13. Anuj bachchhas

    KJBF is constantly working on this project since along time.it is basic need of farmer’s life. I sopport heartily this step.

  14. Ram Kumar

    KJBF executed a great efford because water for farmer crop is like breath, sometimes at the time of heavy rain in term of flood it is dangerous for crop as well as residence areas, I feel it closely,creating dams for water restoring a great job to reviving farmers life.

  15. Sachin Sonone

    Please Support KJBF team really work hard from last 7 years in wardha district for farmers keep voting for us

  16. Sushil Ojha

    We have got a good opportunity to restoring the farmers “lifeline India” and this is great job

  17. Anil sharma

    If every industrialist think to developed a village. Then nobody required to migrated from village to cities.

  18. TANVEER AHMAD USMANI BHSL KHAMBHARKHERA

    Very nice and real need based activity done from KJBF…
    All the best KJBF all team…

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