How to restrict crops to geographically sustainable areas: The case of arecanut in Tumkur
Arecanut farmers in Karnataka are reeling from dipping groundwater levels and infrequent water supply for irrigation. In this article, some solutions are proposed. (not verified) posted 2 years 4 months ago

Arecanut is generally grown in the Malnad area of Karnataka, which receives high rainfall. However, it is also grown in dry land areas of Tumkur district, also in Karnataka, using groundwater.

Young arecanut trees grown in drylands of Tumkur region (Gubbi Taluk, Hodalur Village) Pic Credit: Chandana Eswar
Digging deeper to cope with droughts
A study finds that farmers in south India continue to rely on borewells rather than investing in water conservation structures or demand management strategies to cope with droughts. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 6 months ago

India is witnessing the second driest pre-monsoon season in the last 65 years. As the country eagerly eyes the monsoon clouds, the delay so far has now widened the rain deficit to 43%.

Coping with droughts, a challenge for farmers (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Rs 2000 crore action plan to restore mining ravaged areas in Karnataka
News this week Swati Bansal posted 6 years 11 months ago

Karnataka sets up firm to mitigate mining impacts

Coal mines in Jharsuguda
80 countries agree to save oceans in UN-backed summit
News this week: 80 countries join hands to save the world's oceans; Panel blames hydel projects for 2013's devastating floods; Tumkur drought destroys more than 50% of coconut crop Swati Bansal posted 7 years 8 months ago

80 countries join hands to save world's oceans

Oceans of the world (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Where are the toilets?
Policy matters this week: Ministry sets up committee to investigate discrepancy in toilet data and India and Asian Development Bank fund embankments in Nepal and Assam. ravleen posted 8 years 1 month ago

Committee to investigate discrepancy in data on toilets

Open defecation due to lack of toilets
Floods in Assam affect one lakh people - Dhemaji worst hit
Floods in Assam, bio-toilets in Konkan railway stations and damage of hydropower project in Uttarakhand are highlights of this week's news. ravleen posted 8 years 6 months ago

 Flood fury hits Assam

 

The flooded plains of Brahamputra
From unwieldy to understandable – transform the way you view data
People are afraid of data and numbers because it seems complicated. Visualising it will help you understand, form patterns and analyse better. NishaT posted 8 years 6 months ago

IWP has over 200 sets of water data online. Of this, we have converted around 16 to an Excel format and will be adding more in the coming weeks for you to download. Use our Data Finder, a search tool for finding water data online, to search for this information. 

Piece the data puzzle together to tell a story
Experiments with SRI by Srikanth, a farmer in Kunigal, Tumkur
SRI stands for System of Rice Intensification. Here is the experiment where we have adopted the SRI method in paddy cultivation. Chethan.S posted 10 years 11 months ago

 

Farmer Field School in session

Rapid investigations to assess impacts of aquifer recharge - Tumkur district (Karnataka) - A report by ACWADAM and BIRD-K
Impact analysis of recharge through borewells in Pavagada, Sira and Bagepalli areas of Tumkur District Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 years 4 months ago

TumkurThis report by ACWADAM is a synopsis of the hydrogeological study carried out for BIRD-K in Pavagada, Sira and Bagepalli areas of Tumkur District, Karnataka. The study aimed at an impact analysis of recharge through borewells as well as suggesting new sites for the same.

The principle objectives of the study were:

  •  Impact analysis of aquifer recharge through borewells done by BIRD-K in Pavagada and Sira Clusters
  • Suggest new sites for aquifer recharge through borewells in Bagepalli cluster.

The methodology used a background study of the area through images from Google Earth. A detailed geological fieldwork in the area was carried out. Various structural and hydrogeological measurements were made to map out the aquifer systems within the area. Water levels in borewells and dug wells were measured. The study area included seven watersheds and falls in two clusters namely Pavagada and Sira. Both these clusters are located in the Tumkur district of Karnataka.

Revival of ancient water tanks in India: Case studies from Karnataka and Tamilnadu
This page will help you learn more about how the revival of ancient water tanks is once again benefiting the community today arun posted 12 years 4 months ago

Centuries old dried up water tanks have been revived with the combined efforts of the local community and the authorities.