Our work in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh involves the following themes
WOTR started its work in the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh in 2002. Since then, it has covered 10 villages in Kurnool district (in the residual state of AP) and 28 villages in Telangana in the Sangareddy, Ranga Reddy, Nagarkurnool and Mahbubnagar districts. Currently, WOTR is active in those 4 districts of Telangana as mentioned above.
Updates of 2017-2018
- Soil and water conservation work is done on an area of 7,344 ha
- 3,556 advisories sent to 623 farmers
- 431 minor structures and 3 major structures built
- 1,300 soil health cards distributed
- 163 farmers have been motivated to adopt CRA practices
- 540 people trained in areas such as poultry, goat farming and general stores
- 1 Farmers’ Field School with 228 participants
- 50 ha of land covered under the SCI method
Ongoing projects in Telangana and their funders
- Improving Incomes of Small holder producers through WicaS model in Mahaboobnagar district Telangana supported by HSBC Software
- Scheme for Promotion of Farmer Producer Organisations, supported by NABARD
- Climate Proofing of 8 Completed watershed Projects, supported by NABARD
- Rural Livelihood Project in Telangana, supported by AXIS Bank Foundation
Manikyamma felt a deep sense of satisfaction when she finally harvested rice in the kharif season of 2017. Some months earlier, on the advice of Vardhan Patel, Agronomist at WOTR’s Narayanpet office, she had decided to go in for cultivating rice on her plot of 2 acres of land under the System of Rice Intensification method (SRI) in Kamsanpally village of Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district.38-year-old Manikyamma says taking up SRI cultivation of rice proved to be one of the best decisions she had ever taken.
“Earlier, I had a production of 20 to 22 bags of rice (one bag of rice is around 40 to 50 kg). But under this SRI system in the kharif season, I am able to get around 25 bags of rice. My inputs have also decreased, from four bags of DAP (Diammonium phosphate) fertiliser to just one bag. I would say my expenditure which was around Rs. 15,000 per acre, has reduced to between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 6,000,” says Manikyamma. “Taking up SRI is something I am thankful for,” she signs off.
Manikyamma, in her agricultural field of rice grown through SRI methods of cultivation.
- Improved management of groundwater for irrigation accessed through the Bore wells:
Through collectivisation of bore wells through the formation of Block model Irrigation Units (BMIU) groups, there is a decrease in the rate of new BW exploration by the BMIU farmers. The following table brings this out clearly.
Table-1: Details of BW exploration by BMIU and non-BMIU farmers
PUBLICATIONS IN FOCUS
Revolution in rice cultivation
The System of Rice Intensification has been introduced by WOTR in Telangana, a major rice producing state in India. The SRI methodology has caused a huge increase in rice production in the Kamsanpally village, Mahbubnagar.
Securing Small Farmers Livelihoods through a Group Micro-Irrigation Approach
Group micro irrigation can be an effective tool for managing water effectively and efficiently as well as boosting farm productivity. This is especially so in the semi-arid regions of India, like Telangana. Read our info-brief, based on the Mahabubnagar district of Telangana on how this approach has been implemented in the Veljal village of Israipalli.
Heat Stress Management (in Telugu)
Heat stress is a major issue in the summer months of in India in general and Telangana in particular. We need to evolve coping mechanisms to deal with the problems of heat stress, at household and community level. Read our heat stress management in Telugu for simple, effective tips here on how to tackle heat stress.