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Natural Resource  Management

Himmothan Pariyojana
Enhancing Livelihood through Participatory Watershed Development
Integrated Fodder –Livestock Development Project (IFLDP)
Fodder Nursery Development and Forage Crops
Bio composting and Improvement of Field Surface
Capacity Building and Exposure of Members of Dairy Federation
Activities of Para Vets
Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF)
Catchment Area Protection
Action Research in Micro Irrigation Systems Initiatives (Phase II)

Himmothan Pariyojana  ^Top

Enhancing Livelihood through Participatory Watershed Development   ^Top

The HIMMOTHAN project implemented in five villages viz. Moggi, Magdhiya, Mason, Sanav Talla and Sanav Malla of Duggada Khad Micro Watershed area and has been completed in January 2009.

The project was sanctioned by SRTT in Jan. 2006 on request of GVK to restore, conserve and manage the natural resources of the area, which were depleting rapidly due to over exploitation, natural calamities, and more over due to negligence by the State Government.

The total area covered under this project was 564.80 hectare. The preparatory work done, good planning and the time bound delivery of services helped GVK to complete the project at time. Following activities carried out under the project:

  • Community Mobilization

  • Capacity Building/ Training

  • Mechanical Measures

  • Vegetative Measures

Integrated Fodder –Livestock Development Project (IFLDP)  ^Top
Integrated Fodder-Livestock Development Project was initiated by GVK in Jaunpur, Distt. Tehri, Uttarakhand area with financial support of Himmothan (SRTT). The activities conducted under this programme are-

Fodder Nursery Development and Forage Crops  ^Top
Four nurseries of fodder species like Temper, Dolni, Napier, Bron and Rai were grown in 4 nali of land in Tator, Magdiya and Mason villages. The saplings, roots and seeds are being distributed through Garhwal Vikas Kendra in the project area.

Similarly, seeds of Jai and Makka were distributed to farmers of Moggi, Masson, Tator and Koti villages. The seeds being collected through harvesting of these crops are again distributed to other farmers for a wide extension in the project area.

The fodder species were also transplanted in community land of some villages. This activity also generated several man days of employment.

Bio composting and Improvement of Field Surface  ^Top
In order to promote bio composting in project villages, vermi compost pits were constructed and handed over to the farmers. The compost thus prepared has been utilized by the farmers in their fields. The activity was also linked with MNREGA scheme of Central Government. The villagers were also promoted to undertake activities like contour terracing, cleaning and leveling and construction of boundary walls under MNREGA scheme.

Capacity Building and Exposure of Members of Dairy Federation  ^Top
Trainings were organized in Mogi and Tator villages on Terrace making for fodder species plantation. An exposure visit for farmer federation was also organized in Alwar, Rajesthan basically to inculcate the skills of managing dairy production at federation level. There are 11 livestock production groups under the federation named Khusi Bhadri Ghati Sungh in the project area with 164 members. The milk is generally sold through a dairy outlet established for this purpose

Activities of Para Vets   ^Top

To improve the breed of milk animals Para-vets have been appointed and entrusted with responsibility to provide support to farmers in breed improvement and primary health care.. The Para-vets are managing semen of Jersy breed for cow and Murha breed for buffaloes. The semen is made available by Livestock Development Board and Garhwal Vikas Kendra.

Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF)   ^Top
GVK helped in formulation of micro plan in 77 village panchayats of Jaunpur block. Initially, 62 village panchayats were taken to develop an integrated village development micro plan and later,15 village panchayats were taken to develop forest specific micro plans. The village micro plans were developed by a team of the village panchayat including panchayat representatives, retired village officials, opinion leaders and lead farmers. Prior to this, training was imparted to 266 members of these teams at nine places.

Catchment Area Protection  ^Top
An improved approach has been adopted to protect and treat two water springs namely- Bijliyana and Churinda in Jalsi (Mundani), Mathamali (Sirs) villages of Jaunpur block of Tehri district. The program was initiated in July 2009 with the aim to improve discharge of two water sources which are lifeline of around 75 families living in the Jalsi and Mathamali villages. The families are classified as Jaunpuri further subdivided into Schedule Caste and Other Backward Castes.  The basic objectives of this project are as follows-

  • to build capacities of village level institutions already under the Himmothan Pariyojana by bringing site specific geo-hydrology into planning and management of spring water sources.

  • to develop a systematic process that includes the study, planning and execution of catchment treatment of spring water sources.

  • to implement site specific engineering and vegetative measures for spring recharge through a hydro-geological approach.

  • to improve the access of quality water for drinking through proper management of spring sources.

To achieve the above objectives following activities were conducted so far with a holistic approach to restore the natural water sources.

  • Adoption of Self Help Groups (SHG)

  • Water Management Committee (WMC)

  • Capacity Building (training workshops)

  • Catchments Area Treatment (Engineering & Vegetative Measures)

  • Micro Irrigation for Promotion of Kitchen Garden

Action Research in Micro Irrigation Systems Initiatives (Phase II)  ^Top
With the objective of demonstrating the comparative advantage of improved micro-irrigation methods over traditional irrigation practices for the hill slopes small farm holders, the IWMI- TATA Policy Program (ITP) has put forward the idea of undertaking an action research project on micro irrigation aspects by installing a few MIS on pilot basis in small farm holders’ plots on different slopes, altitudes and crop combination so as to evaluate the system on the basis of water use efficiency, BCR, crop yield, net farm return and farmers’ feedback.

As part of such collaboration, Garhwal Vikas Kendra as a partner of Himmothan Pariyojana is undertaking the action research project on low cost, gravity fed micro irrigation systems in farmers’ plots of Kandi, Masson, Magdiya and moggi villages of Jaunpur block of Tehri District.

After harvesting one cycle of crops, it was found that the production in the plots under control situation produces just double yield than the plots under natural situation with traditional practices. Further, in control situation the water consumed in irrigation of crops were 70% less than the water used for irrigation in traditional practices.

 

 

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