Ahmednagar

A campaign tries to make watershed development work a citizens movement.

An inspiration called Kumbharwadi in the rain-shadow region of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is one of the many successful stories of water stressed villages that were transformed by Paani Ka Teeka’s knowledge partner – Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), a Pune based non-profit.

Kumbharwadi in 1998 - A bleak scenario

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Two cane juice sellers on the streets of Pune tell their stories. Why do they labour all day for Rs 500 on a good day, and what do they hope--for themselves and their children?

What's not to like about sugarcane juice in summer? Would you drink as much of it or more if you knew that those selling it in Pune where I live, are people who have migrated temporarily from drought-affected villages in rural Maharashtra, and are counting on juice sales to get through the whole year?

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Area- and crop-customised agro-advisories in Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, have helped farmers deal with weather-based events and minimise their related losses.

“In gram crops to control gram-pod borers, use pheromone traps”. While a statement like that most likely won't make sense to average people, it does to the farming community in the Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. They have been trained to make sense of the agro-advisory provided by Vasundhara Sewaks.

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Organiser: Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)

Venue:   Watershed Training Centre
                    Village Darewadi,
                    Taluka Sangamner,
                    Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

WOTR

WOTR is a not-for-profit NGO founded in 1993 operating currently in five 5 Indian states – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. WOTR provides capacity building and advisory services to developmental practitioners from 23 other Indian states as well as, occasionally, from 27 countries.

August 7, 2012 12:00AM - August 10, 2012 5:00PM

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Along with the soil and water conservation programmes, promotion of agricultural techniques and practices is equally important in sustaining the livelihoods of the people in the long term. All too often, market considerations exert undue pressure on the agricultural practices, which in turn affect the production base and cause irreversible imbalances in the eco system. This report by WOTR deals with the issue.

WOTR has been extensively promoting sustainable agriculture practices as part of its adaptive sustainable development approach.  The objective is to promote low external inputs, increase land productivity, use of indigenous seeds, and reduce cost of cultivation. This involves promotion of agricultural demonstration plots, vermi-compost pits, training farmers on better practices of transplantation, crop geometry (spaced planting), soil and manure preparation, correct tillage operations, seed treatment, better sowing methods etc.

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This film by Voice WOTR captures the story of the after-effects of unexpected heavy rain in Akola

Video Courtesy: Voice WOTR

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This paper examines social exclusion of resource-poor groups in developmental programmes targeted at them through the lens of watershed programmes.

Marginalized communities are excluded from a say in the creation of policies. 

A bar chart illustrating level of participation in SHGs against landholding status

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These four video films cover a talk by Shri Popatrao Pawar, Sarpanch of Hivre-Bazar (Ahmednagar), Maharashtra.

Shri Popatrao Pawar is an inspiring promoter of the 'Ideal Villages Movement' on "Integrated Agriculture and Rural Development for Tomorrow's Maharashtra" on the occasion of the inauguration of Observer Research Foundation's Maharashtra@50 Study Centre on 24th June 2010.

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The newsletter focuses on wider promotion of location-specific-low-cost technologies for better management of natural resources.

These technologies include soil and water conservation measures, integrated farming, diversion based irrigation systems, sustainable agriculture, tree-based farming to name a few.

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Dear Members,

I am thinking of starting a center for checking quality of water. Request you to enlighten me on the following:

1. Whether Training is available on testing of water as per IS 10500: 1991 Specifications

2. How much would be approximate cost to set up a lab for testing water as per IS 10500: 1991 Specifications.

3. Who are the major vendors for these lab equipments.

4. What is the minimum and desired qualification of a lab technician for this testing.

 

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