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Group Micro irrigation: A study of Telangana Farmers

Under the current regime of climate change and increasing frequency and intensity, the water resources in semi-arid areas have come under a lot of pressure. In the study area of Talakondapally of the Rangareddy district, groundwater levels have been dropping under low rainfall, droughts and dry spells. This has necessitated that the farmers in the area adapt to the changing conditions through an efficient and coordinated use of water rather than privatisation of and competition for water in agriculture. The sharing of available water resources between farmers reduces establishment and input cost along with access to subsidies for setting up drip systems under the intervention. The amount saved in establishment and input costs is also then supplemented by water-use efficiency, water saving and better crop productivity.

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Gaalmukt Dharan, Gaalyukt Shivar(Desilation of Tanks) Scheme: A Drought Proofing Intervention

The current policy brief presents the analysis of Gaalmukt Dharan and Gaalyukt Shivar (GDGS) scheme of Maharashtra Government, which is a supportive program for tank desiltation. Based on interdisciplinary research of seven tanks in the state, it provides the necessary recommendations to modify the existing policy provisions to make it inclusive and robust.

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Reducing Human Vulnerability to Heat Stress in Rural Communities of Semi-Arid Maharashtra

Increasing temperature and associated health impacts is an emerging public health concern. This policy brief assesses the vulnerability of rural communities towards increasing heat stress in the semi-arid regions of Maharashtra. It further provides suitable policy recommendations to reduce the adverse impacts experienced by the communities.

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Avoiding the Tragedy of the Water Commons: Promoting Sustainable Groundwater Management

As India relies heavily on groundwater for its domestic and irrigation needs, overexploitation of groundwater has led to a decline in the water level. This policy tells us about the tool developed by WOTR known as CoDriVE- VI which helps people to visualize their groundwater resources in 3D format through participatory mapping and enhance their knowledge regarding the available resource and bring them together for sustainable aquifer management

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Socio-Economic Implications: Conversion of Farm Ponds into Surface Storage Tanks in Semi-Arid Maharashtra

As Maharashtra state frequently experiences drought conditions, farmers are widely adopting the farm ponds to secure their agrarian livelihood. On the ground as observed in Sangamner block of Ahmednagar dist., farm ponds are used to store groundwater deviating from the original concept of harvesting rainwater. This brief presents the benefit-cost ratio of this practice and notes the unintended consequences of groundwater extraction to store in the farm ponds.

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Land use/Land cover Changes (LULCC) in Semi-arid Regions of Maharashtra

The rapid land use change can exacerbate the effect of climate change and contributes to resource overuse. This brief provides the information of land use change over the last 25 years in the Mula-Pravara and Purna River basins located in the Godavari River in semi-arid Maharashtra and investigate the driving forces that cause change.The findings from the study could be used to reduce the detrimental effects of unplanned and ad hoc land use changes in this region via implementing suitable land management strategies in the identified hotspots of change.

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Making Agriculture Climate Smart

Weather based calendars help farmers to take appropriate decision during aberrant weather conditions. Information on crop, its phonological growth stages and the week by week weather during the crop season is essential for proper management. Thus, farm operations planned in conjunction with weather information are very likely to curtail the costs of inputs and various field operations. Crop weather calendar is a comprehensive guide for farmers. It is a tool that provides information on average weather of every standard meteorological week, planting, sowing and harvesting periods of locally adapted crops in a specific agro-ecological zone. Further, stage-wise pest and disease infestation information can also be added. The major objective of this publication is to help the farmer to take appropriate decision on crop management practice to cope with weather uncertainties.

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Crop demonstrations using Organic, SCI, and Farmer’s practice and their impact on crop productivity

For improving soil health in sustainable way, WOTR has selected region wise cropping sequence considering soil type, agro climatic zones and cropping pattern of that respective project area. It includes detailed information about crop demonstrations i.e. Organic, SCI, and Farmer’s practice and their impact on crop productivity.

Impact Assessment of Organic and SCI methods: Green gram - rabi Sorghum cropping sequence in Parner block of Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra

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Impact Assessment of Organic and SCI methods: Soybean-Wheat cropping sequence in Bhokardan block of Jalna District, Maharashtra

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