Kanchipuram District

Irrigation scheme inconsistent: CAG audit
News this week Posted on 15 Jan, 2019 10:59 AM

Inconsistencies in Centre's flagship irrigation scheme, reveals CAG audit

Irrigation canal from the Bhima dam. (Source: Nvvchar on Wikipedia)
Wetland turns treasure trove of herbs
Medicinal herbs, edible greens and fruits thrive in and around Chennai’s Sembakkam lake, reveals a study. Posted on 11 Jun, 2018 11:31 AM

The districts of Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kanchipuram once boasted of a landscape densely dotted with wetlands and a lifestyle that was closely linked to the survival of these water bodies.

Sembakkam lake currently spans across a 100 acres in South Chennai. (Picture courtesy: Care Earth Trust)
Changing coast affects livelihood
While sundry development and infrastructure projects beautify the Chennai coastline, fishermen are left to fend for themselves. Posted on 07 Jan, 2017 07:05 AM

Going by the statistics from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Tamil Nadu’s coastline is densely populated with 573 fishing villages along 13 coastal districts. The story is slightly different around the urban and peri-urban coastline, thanks to the ongoing gentrification of the coastline in most parts of urban India.

Chennai coast on a busy day.
Reviving pond naturally
One of the temple ponds of Kooram, neglected for years, has been revived by well-meaning citizens. Posted on 03 Nov, 2016 09:51 PM

For hundreds of years, tanks, both big and small, served people and cattle alike in Tamil Nadu. Chennai’s neighbouring district of Kancheepuram was the the wealthiest when it came to water through these means.

The renovated Samathamman temple pond in Kooram.
Ancient engineering marvels of Tamil Nadu
Eris, a system of cascading tanks, were once completely managed by local communities. With centralisation came disuse and lack of maintenance but an organisation is working to revive them. Posted on 05 Apr, 2014 02:06 PM

South India has a rich tradition of tanks with the three southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh contributing to close to 92% of the total irrigation by tanks in the 1970s. Two decades later, this number dwindled to close to 53%. A decade after that, in 2001, the total contribution of tank irrigation in all of India was estimated to be just around 5.18%.

Small tank near Thalambedu in Kanchipuram
A farmer's bonus
Elumalai in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, grows paddy crops and rears poultry, goat and fish. He even keeps bees! Thanks to being smart and profitable, he's popular as well as an inspiration to locals. Posted on 27 Jan, 2014 11:53 AM

Farmer Elumalai looks on at his pond
Gujarat farmers protest proposed nuclear park
News this week - Gujarat farmers oppose nuclear plant, drought hits Bihar and an eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi in Surat. Posted on 22 Sep, 2013 08:01 PM

Gujarat farmers oppose Mithivirdi nuclear plant

Nuclear power or people's power Source: Wikipedia
The case of the disappearing farmers
Farmers lost every day, Jindal’s hydel shares revoked and more water saving measures are the highlights this week. Posted on 14 May, 2013 08:59 AM

Only 8% of India are farmers - is the census accurate?

CWDR invites applications for Agriculture Extension Coordinator, Tamil Nadu - Apply by January 30, 2012
Posted on 02 Feb, 2012 09:55 AM

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Centre for Women's Development and Research (CWDR) recognizes the importance of female-led organizations to improve women's issues.CWDR's goal was to serve marginalized , vulnerable communities of women in the slums of chennai and surrounding communities. Through education, organization, and advocacy, CWDR focuses on empowering three populations in particular: domestic workers, single women, and adolescent girls.