Pond comes to the rescue of farmers


Under a new project in Uttar Pradesh, floodwater is diverted and later used for irrigation

Four blocks out of six in Rampur district are “dark zones,” which means there is overexploitation of groundwater. This is a cause for worry for the district administration that is grappling with the local penchant for growing water guzzling Poplar tree, sugarcane and paddy. Water for irrigation largely comes from tubewells and borewells.

While the district administration expressed their helplessness in persuading farmers to change their pattern of cultivation to conserve water, the Colombo-headquartered International Water Management Institute (IWMI) stepped in with an innovative pilot project in Jawaijadid (a village in Rampur) by diverting excess floodwaters for irrigation from a canal that emerges from the Kosi river................Read more

 

Source: The Hindu


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