Sporadic efforts by the agencies working closely with the community and addressing their need based irrigation projects. In 2008-09 Jamsetji Tata Trust had sanctioned a Program Grant of Rs 1500 lakhs spread over three years on mounting a Program on Diversion Based Irrigation (DBI) In 2011-12 Rs 3000 lakhs has been committed for the Second Phase over
Small and marginal farmers. Living in undulating terrains Mostly ST, SC, Muslim and OBC community Main occupation: Mono-crop Paddy Second occupation: NTFP and migration Deprived of many Government schemes Remote area Do not have much voice Awareness level is low
13 states with 49 NGO Partners (21direct+28co- partners) Rs 2600.00 lakhs have been allocated. Achievement: 17387 households with 26730 acres in 74 Blocks and 362 villages of 39districts. The Trust partners have also been able to leverage funding from similar other agencies and schemes like MGNREGA, Orissa Tribal Livelihood and Empowerment Project, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), etc in the tune of Rs 339.00 lakhs.
Revival of Traditional Irrigation System costs Rs. 1000 to 4000/ acre Irrigation system using Pipe costs around 4 to 5 lakhs per scheme and irrigates around 40 to 60 acre Average cost using pipe: Rs. 10,000/acres including agriculture support By the most conservative calculation (considering only additional kharif paddy production and not counting second crops) an output of Rs 896.36 lakhs. AVERAGE COST IN DBI PROGRAM : Rs 4000/ acre Any MI scheme costs Rs. 65,000/acre
60 LWE districts identified by the GoI have potential of more than 100 villages in each district for pipe laid irrigation Revival of traditional water management practices in drought prone districts have abundant scope. Only constraint is to build capacity of the identified partners to demonstrate DBI and sensitize local administration for replication
Provides irrigation to poor, who can manage it Nearly zero maintenance cost helps poor adopt it Helps poor attain food sufficiency and enhance cash income Barefoot engineers can be promoted for replication Discourages shifting cultivation and extremism Easy to implement and short execution period Small streams are tapped 24 hrs water supply fulfills domestic needs reducing women drudgery Already a network of NGOs are capacitated Many potential sites are already identified
Reaching out to 25,000 small and marginal farmers Binging at least 30,000 acres of land under irrigation where taking a second crop will be ensured Leveraging at least Rs 10.00 crores of funding from similar kind of projects from various schemes/agencies like MGNREGA, NRLM, IFAD, NABARD, World Bank funded projects, etc
Building local strong Institutions Strengthening Agriculture Leveraging from various agencies
Recommendation for INRM approach: This will require heavy investment. This can ideally be achieved only through working with Govt programs like NRLM. The DBI Program in fact can provide a platform for that to many NGOs. Going for INRM will require different approach by the Trust. The Program is weak in agriculture: This will be taken up with more seriously in the phase II. However, this is to be understood that most of the target people are first/second generation agriculturists.
Capacity Building of the partner agencies: We have indentified local NGOs/individuals who can be groomed as resource persons region- wise. More systematic training programs are planned. The DBI secretariat will be strengthened further.