Enriching Rural Lives...
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Taleran is predominantly tribal village in Junnar block of Pune district. The area receives about 1100 mm rain water in a year, which should be sufficient.However, water was not available during winter and summer seasons since all runoff water used to drained out due to absence of water harvesting structures. No wonder, farmers used to cultivate only paddy during rainy season due to receipt of good rains till the scenario began to change in 2015-16.

LHWRF planned and implemented watershed development program in the village for bringing more cultivable area under irrigation. Under this programme, total four Kolhapur Type (K. T.) weirs were constructed strategically across the main water stream of village to harvest base flow. These structures were constructed under NABARD supported program. Now runoff water remains in these weirs to January to February month, which can be utilised for watering Rabi crops. With the help of these K.T Weirs about 70 acres rain fed land belonging to 36 tribal farmers came under assured irrigation for Rabi crops. Cropping intensity in this area increased from single crop to double crops and farmers have started growing vegetables and wheat during the rabi season. Further, LHWRF provided improved seeds along with trainings by demonstrating package of practices for cultivation of these crops. All this support has direct bearing on the annual income of these farmers considerably.

Mr.Chandrakant Bhima Mene, 30, tribal farmer is one of beneficiary of K.T. Weir constructed in the village Taleran. He is living with his eight family members and owning 1.10 Ha land out of which 0.30 Ha is suitable for cultivation. Main income source of his family was used to be daily wages followed by agriculture. Four members from his family used to go for labour work at place called Bankar phata and nearby his village. The earning from all the sources were meagre.

His land is in the command area of the K T Weir constructed by LHWRF. With water availability for agriculture, he could now grow two vegetable crops on 0.20 Ha land after Paddy crop. He has cultivated green peas & beans and adopted better management practices. He also used Jivamrut, a compost manure with lesser use of chemical fertilisers & pesticides. All these good practices helped him to get bumper production of both the crops and he earned Rs 45000/- this year. Hisincome got doubled with this and now Chandrakant is planning to construct his own pucca house from the income. Thus, the K T Weir structure has become a sustainable solution for improving livelihood of his family and also other beneficiaries in this village. Other beneficiaries too started cultivating potato, green peas, beans, wheat during the rabi season. The whole landscape and life has changed in the area through this well thought out NRM measure.

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