Natural Resource Management

Water Resource Development:
Water is a scarce and a vital resource in the watershed eco-system and lifeline of agriculture. Increase in the availability and access of water is critical for enhancing farm productivity. Water conservation structures and measures initiated in the programme aims to raise ground water table through increased percolation by arresting outflow of surface water. Further, it also focuses on accessibility and optimum utilization of water through measures such as group well irrigation, lift irrigation, and drip irrigation. Effort is to store and conserve as much water within local eco space as possible to enhance water table so that adequate quantity of water becomes available for human beings, agriculture and livestock round the year.
Group Well Irrigation:
Small holders are unable to access water even if it is available beneath their own land. Activities such as groupwells aimed at increasing access of poor to water enabling them to bring more land under irrigation.The programme encouraged farmers to come together to tackle water scarcity. Small farmers having adjoining land sand willing to share water equitably within the group were motivated to form a group for constructing, repairing common dug wells and bore wells. Water Harvesting Structures: Activities such as water harvesting through storage structures like check dams, farm ponds can have immediate impact of the measures in terms of well recharge. These activities were given priority by DBMGF so that communities have the benefits of this intervention instantaneously in this drought year. Slowing down surface water flows through drainage line treatment is necessary to store water within watershed. Till Mar. 2016 DBMGF built 163check dams in adopted villages. There is huge increase over the previous year in number of check dams, farm ponds and village ponds in the current year. These structures have direct impact on downstream wells with greater water recharge through percolation. Perceptibly more water will be available for winter crops, which are second crops, due to increased storage within the streams through the check dams built under the programme. Around 10633.43 acres of land is likely to receive irrigation due to increased water percolation in the downstream wells.

Sr.No.
Activity
Units
Achievement up to Mar 2017
Achievement in the year 2017-18
Cumulative Achievement
Nos. of units
Family coverage
Nos. of units
Family coverage
Nos. of units
Family coverage
1
Check Dam
Nos
163
5705
0
70
163
5775
 
Upstream Excavation
Nos
79
2850
0
54
79
2904
2
Km
21.24
 0
0
 0
21.24
0
3
Group well irrigation schemes
Nos
137
604
0
12
137
616
4
Group Bore well irrigation schemes
Nos.
33
86
0
0
33
86
5
Small lift irrigation schemes /Pipe Supports
Nos.
1392
1392
0
0
 1392
1392
6
Temporary Check Dam
Nos
107
428
0
0
107
428
7
Drip Irrigation
Acres
121
276
0
0
121
276
Grand Total
11341
 
136
 
11477