Monday, 16 May 2016

Drought Meetings

Paalaguttapalle (Dalitwada)

There were discussions in the village over what to do with the future of agriculture. Ravindra from WASSAN and others involved with dryland farming had also come over. Overall the idea was that now dryland crops, which has proved uneconomic could again be viable in these times. The crop could have one or two supportive wettings given the overall water availability in the panchayat. The dals in the mixed cropping would yeild a good price, and the millets would give fodder.

The farmers pointed out the issues.
1. As much of the land is uncultivated the wild boar menace on the cropped parts is very high.
2. The few farmers who have live bores wish to do more water intensive farming, and averaging the water availability over the panchayat is a theoritical calculation, and not practical.

So now the issue is fencing against wild boars, and social engineering about 'convincing about water sharing'.


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