This programme, designed to help farmers in identified moisture stressed districts through scientific soil & moisture conservation projects, continues to bring precious water resources to several rural communities.
416 large and small water harvesting structures were created by the end of 2010-11 taking the total number of structures created so far to 3229. A total of 13,204 hectares was brought under soil & moisture conservation this year, creating 4.58 lakh person days of work for the landless and marginal farmers. As a result, the programme provides soil & moisture conservation to nearly 65,000 hectares in some of the country’s moisture stressed districts. These water-harvesting structures not only provide life saving irrigation to nearly 25,000 hectares but have been the most significant contributors to the Company’s water positive status.
The goal of promoting public-private partnerships in the area of watershed management was pursued assiduously during the year. The total area under collaboration with NABARD, MGNREGA, Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP) and Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar stands at 1.21 lakh hectares to be covered over a period of five years.