India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study

A research by M Rodell et al published online in Nature this week suggests groundwater depletion in India. The study points that unsustainable water use in India is threatening agricultural production and raising the spectre of a major water crisis. Matthew Rodell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the Gravity… Read More India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study

Irrigation: Bridging the potential created and utilised

The seventh volume of the report of the committee on doubling farmers’ income, also known as Dalwai committee report examines how resource use efficiency and total factor productivity can be improved in the agricultural sector. Improvements in the multiple factors that result in the final output being more than the measure of input labour and… Read More Irrigation: Bridging the potential created and utilised

NABARD’s water atlas to aid crop planning

India will soon have a water atlas, thanks to an initiative by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). The facility will help the country improve crop planning for judicious use of water, a rapidly depleting resource. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development had estimated that about 80% of India’s total available freshwater is… Read More NABARD’s water atlas to aid crop planning

Climate perceptions of rural communities in south Rajasthan

A recent study in SPWD’s project location in south Rajasthan looks at the impact of climate variability on agriculture production, food security and livestock. Smallholder farmers here face a gamut of agricultural production risks, which has got further accentuated because of climate uncertainties that present new risks and vulnerabilities. The study ‘Climate perceptions of households… Read More Climate perceptions of rural communities in south Rajasthan

Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Communities have across diverse ecological and sociopolitical contexts devised myriad ways over time to harvest and manage water in order to sustain their lives and practice agriculture. Many of these systems (1) continue to function and are often more sustainable, cost-effective and successfully managed by local institutions. Phads are one such community-based and managed diversion irrigation management system… Read More Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Ahar pynes can help revive agriculture in south Bihar

An in depth account of the indigenous floodwater harvesting system prevalent in South Bihar and the need to undertake its renovation & management. Ahar pynes are traditional floodwater harvesting systems indigenous to South Bihar [1], and have been the most important source of irrigation in this region. Ahars are reservoirs with embankments on three sides… Read More Ahar pynes can help revive agriculture in south Bihar

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ज्ञान का मार्ग सदा ही सफलता की कुंजी है | इस पथ पर चलने वाले को भले ही कभी ठोकर खानी पड़े, परन्तु कभी हार का सामना नहीं करना पड़ता | इसको ही मूल मंत्र बनाकर महज 25 साल के बिरेन्द्र महतो ने अपना मार्ग खेती की ओर प्रशस्त किया है | स्थानीय संस्थान से… Read More ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन