The article written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra.
WOTR has implemented Pro-Soil project funded by GIZ in 7 villages of Bhalwani Cluster (Parner block) of Ahmednagar district. This area suffers from twin problems of low productivity and high instability in rain as a result of inadequate and unpredictable rainfall. The primary aim of the project is to promote sustainable and inclusive approaches for soil conservation, rehabilitation of degraded lands and improve soil health to enhance the crop productivity. The study shows the impact of Organic and SCI cultivation practices for Green gram and rabi-Sorghum which increase the crop productivity, reduce the cost of cultivation by about 10% and enhance the soil health.