Adoption and Scaling up of Micro Irrigation System under OSGP Project III
The area of Dwarka-Gujarat is known as religious place attracting tourists from different parts of the World. With well-known Temple and heritage of Lord Krishna, the land has its own severities. Dwarka region records the minimum level of rainfall as compared to other parts of the state. This restrains the people of this area with livelihood. The agriculture is dependent on rainfall and the limited water resources issue of Agriculture surpasses the worries of individuals.
It is said that, “Where there is a wheel there is way.” For unveiling these ways Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC) and Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) came together with Okhamandal Samrudh Gram Pariyojna (OSGP) Project. In its consecutive III Phase, extension of Micro Irrigation System through Sprinklers and Drip Irrigation has been ensured for the communities of Okhamandal.
Farmer’s Story- Sprinkler
The communities of this region choose to withstand the challenges with their constant hard work. One such farmer family is of PopatVasramParmar’swho is a resident of Dwarka and owns 12 acres of agricultural land. This land had one semi constructed canal on its front side and towards the corner end portion it had low laying area, which reduced the possibility of agriculture to 9-10 acres.
With support of TCSRD the canal got constructed and the front portion got even with availability of fertile land. The intervention of Water Resource Management was also ensured with construction of Farm Pond in support of CSPC and TCSRD. Parmar strongly appreciates the advancement and welcomed MIS- Sprinkler in his farms.
The Kharif season in earlier days, with least water availability restricted cash crop- groundnut farming in total farming area. But, today his family is seen reaping the tons of groundnuts together. His wife JamnaParmar and daughter in law RatanParmar works hand in hand in the field to ensure better crop production. Parmar’s son Parshottam is Electrician but he is encouraged to manage agriculture with his occupation. Parmar happily introduces his grandson Darshan who is student of grade 6 and accompany his family in the farm.
Sharing the joy of successful Kharif season Parmar says, “I have adopted MIS- Sprinkler which has helped us save water for next Rabi season. Earlier the availability was a huge challenge and we could harvest only one season in a year.” The smile on faces of Parmar family has no bound as they harvest groundnuts in unison.
“I can now utilise every acre of my agricultural land, the farm pond is additional water conservation source post monsoon”, he added felicitously.