Our work in Jharkhand involves the following themes
WOTR started its work in the Indian state of Jharkhand in 2010 and is currently active in the district of Khunti, where it is working in Murhu block and Torpa blocks. A total of 14 villages have been covered by WOTR in Jharkhand since 2010. It is at present active in 66 villages.
Updates of 2017-2018
- 675 ha of land taken up for treatment under soil and water conservation work
- 1,082 persons from the state given training in areas like goat farming, beekeeping, pig rearing and input shops
- Growth of 342 children monitored through the Child Growth Monitoring Tool
- 162 kitchen gardens set up, benefitting over 640 people
- 40 smokeless chulhas distributed, benefitting over 160 people
- Livelihood Enhancement in Khunti district in Jharkhand through Natural Resource Management.
- Scheme for Promotion of Farmer Producer Organisations (NABARD)
- Full Implementation Phase (FIP) of Bamni Watershed Project in Murhu block of Khunti District.
- Rural Livelihood Projects in Jharkhand.
- Integrated Water Management programme to build Adaptive Capacities and Resilience to Climate Change of Marginalized Communities in 2 villages of Jharkhand.
Case Studies – 2017-2018
BilkanChampi started farming in his early teens. At the time he was only helping his father but those times were tough. Even now there is no source of water available so farming in the winters is impossible. The rabi season is spent working in others’ fields. Bilkan lives in a village Sidu situated a mere 10 km from the Murhu block of Khunti district in Jharkhand. Considering the high rainfall in the region, the majority of farmers cultivate rice in their fields but it is only enough for their own subsistence.
Bilkan owns 6 acres of land out of which the cultivable 3 acres are located on the higher uplands where runoff is too high for the monsoons alone to support a good production. Without irrigation, he could only sow in a tiny portion of 0.02 acres. Getting irrigation was a huge expense he was not prepared for until their village was included in the AHB funded Wasundhara project implemented by WOTR. WOTR helped Bilkan build a 25 feet deep dug well at his farm. The work was done with machines and manual labour and cost Rs 1.5 Lakhs. Bilkan contributed a third of this amount Rs 54,000 and the rest was covered by the project.
The well and the irrigation provided by it has enabled Bilkan to farm a larger portion in Kharif and also take vegetable crops during the Rabi season. Previously, he earned around Rs 3000 from growing Paddy in the small portion of land.
BilikanChampi, with the dugwell.
Now, he has water year round enabling him to not just increase the farming area in Kharif but also take other crops during the winter and summer season. In the first summer, he planted Onion and potato for self-consumption, in the summer it was tomato and watermelon and rice in the Kharif season making overall earnings of Rs 9000.
He has also invested in farm bunding to ensure water retention in his fields. The water retention will allow him to share the water with neighbouring farmers while satisfying his own needs as well.
PUBLICATIONS IN FOCUS
Power of a Collective
Farm Producer Organisations play a major role in promoting farm-market linkages and creating opportunities for farmers. In this issue of Ecologic Feb 2018, read about how an FPO is making a difference to villages in Murhu, Jharkhand.
Agriculture going organic in Jharkhand
How often do you hear about an entire village going organic? Well, in the village of Ghagari, in Jharkhand, this is what has happened. How has this shift changed things for the farmers there?
A path to guaranteed self-Sufficiency
How does WOTR’s work contribute to self-sufficiency at the village level? And how can this be scaled up nationally and internationally? Read this German article, by Elvira Greiner, president of our long-time funder and partner Andheri-Hilfe Bonn.