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Watershed Project, Bundelkhand

The Bundelkhand region of central India is the hotspot of water scarcity, land degradation and poor socio-economic status. The Parasai-Sindh watershed, comprising three villages and covering nearly 1,250 ha, was selected for developing a benchmark site in Jhansi district. From 2012 onwards, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) along with local community has successfully implemented watershed interventions in this area.

  • Construction of 6 check dams and 15 farm ponds
  • Renovation of 60 existing structures
  • Recharging of 100 wells
  • Field / Contours in 8 locations
  • Created a storage capacity of 100 million litres of water
  • Cropping intensity increased up to 30%
  • Increase in ground water level by 2 to 5 meters
  • 100 acres of land made cultivable resulting in extra source of income up to Rs.20,000 per acre
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