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.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Improving incomes of smallholder producers through WicaS model in Mahabubnagar district of 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
Ground report / Benefits of System of Rice Intensification method (SRI)
Manikyamma felt a deep sense of satisfaction when she finally harvested rice in the kharif season of 2017. Earlier, a few months ago, on the advice of Vardhan Patel, agronomist at WOTR’s Narayanpet office, she had decided to cultivate rice in her 2-acre 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 harvest of 20 to 22 sacks of rice (one sack of rice is around 40 to 50 kg). Now, under the SRI system, in the kharif season, I am able to get around 25 sacks of rice. My input costs have decreased too, 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. Taking up SRI is something I am thankful for,” she says.
Soil and water conservation done in 7,344.64 ha
Under agro-meteorology initiative (climate-resilient agriculture), 3,556 advisories sent to 623 farmers
431 minor and 3 major structures built
1,300 soil health cards distributed to farmers
163 farmers to adopt climate-resilient agriculture practices
50 ha of land covered under SCI method
11.6 ha of land covered under horticulture
114.4 ha of land under afforestation
540 people trained in poultry, goat farming and general stores/kiranas
11 Farmers Field Schools conducted with 228 participants
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 helped a huge increase in rice production in the Kamsanpally village, Mahbubnagar.
Heat Stress Management (in Telugu)
Heat stress is a major issue in the summer months in India, and Telangana in particular. We need to evolve coping mechanisms to deal with heat stress, at the household and community level. Read our heat stress management directives in Telegu for simple and effective tips.
Securing Livelihoods of small famers through Group Micro-Irrigation
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.