Kachchh District

Bhuj cattle rearers face the heat of lockdown
Glimpses into the impact of Covid-19-related policies on the lives of cattle rearers in Bhuj, Gujarat. Amita Bhaduri posted 10 months ago

Akbarbhai (35), a Maldhari (semi-nomadic cattle herder) is struggling to survive as the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus has hit demand of dairy products badly and led to prices crashing in Bhuj. He lives in Gandhinagari, an informal settlement in Bhuj that is home to around 30 cattle herders. His joint family of 15 members includes his two brothers and three sisters.

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Horticulture pile-up, yet farmers stare at losses in Kachchh
Robust arid region horticulture in the water-scarce arid region of Kachchh, but without improved value-addition for increased shelf-life, farmers faced with a crisis. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

Kachchh: A desert oasis under peril

Date palm plantation in Kachchh (Image: Prayaas: The Movement of Grassroot Changes)
Manual scavenging is inhumane: SC
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 7 months ago

Supreme Court question authorities on why manual scavenging still prevails

Despite the ban, manual scavenging continues. (Image courtesy: The Hindu)
Dew as a source of drinking water
Indian scientists develop technology for harvesting water from dew. priyad posted 3 years 8 months ago

We often notice dew drops on leaves, grass and some sloping surfaces in the morning hours. These dew drops can actually be a source of drinking water. 

A view of the dew harvesting plant at Kothara.
The Little Rann of Kutch
The Little Rann of Kutch is under threat. The video tells us how investing in nature can reverse this impending crisis. makarandpurohit posted 3 years 9 months ago

How often does one get to experience a terrain that is as dramatically transformative as The Little Rann of Kutch? With changing seasons, it adorns itself with different landscapes, thus, completely shifting shape, its functions and appeal. 

The Little Rann of Kutch (Image source: India Water Portal)
Soon a single tribunal for all inter-state river disputes
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 4 years 4 months ago

Government decides to create a permanent tribunal for all inter-state river disputes

Cauvery river in Karnataka (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Rapar ends its long wait for water
How an arid, saline land where migration in search of water and jobs was a way of life, boasts of plenty of water now. sabitakaushal posted 4 years 9 months ago

Summer temperatures soar to a gruelling 50ocelsius in Rapar, a little known block in Gujarat’s Kutch district. Land here is dry, saline and arid; the monsoon is erratic. Many a times, the entire year’s rain falls in a short span of two or three days, doing more harm than good.

Rapar has many water structures now. (Source: Samerth Trust)
Gujarat No.1 in implementing Swachh Bharat Mission
News this week Swati Bansal posted 6 years 1 month ago

Swachh Bharat Mission: Gujarat leads the implementation

Gujarat No.1 in implementing Swachh Bharat Mission
India ranked 12th in mismanaging plastic waste
News this week Swati Bansal posted 6 years 2 months ago

8 million tonnes of plastic waste dumped into world's oceans in 2010: Study

Two oceans meeting at Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
Arid, but water secure in Kutch
Reduced migration, better hygiene practices and access to information on govt. schemes were only some of the achievements of villages in Rapar, Gujarat. The videos tell the full story. Usha Dewani posted 6 years 2 months ago

For many in Rapar taluka of Kutch, migration was a way of life due to the absence of rainfall; they went in search of greener pastures. But when the people realised their collective potential and how they could use it to resolve water scarcity in their villages, there was no stopping them ,and the compulsion to migrate reduced.

Rearing livestock: the mainstay of people in Rapar