Andhra Pradesh: Aim to launch watershed projects in five districts

    Andhra Pradesh: Aim to launch watershed projects in five districts

    The Government of Andhra Pradesh has launched the Rejuvenating Watersheds project for Resilience in Agriculture through Creative Growth (REWARD) project in five parched areas and the tribal belt in the state district of Visakhapatnam, which will be introduced over the next six years.

    The overall cost of the project is Rs 200 crore, of which Rs 140 crore will be funded by the World Bank. Rs 60 crore will be invested by the state government.

    At their meeting in Anantapouramu, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool, besides Prakasam on the South Coast AP, the state cabinet cleared up the project that was to be undertaken in the four districts of Rayalaseema last week. The tribal belt will also be covered under the project in Visakhapatnam District.

    In Karnataka and Odisha, the REWARD project will be conducted in addition to the AP, with the World Bank lending $178 million to the three states.

    It is projected that there are $ 350 million in cumulative project costs in the three countries. Some of the most outstanding characteristics of the proposed project are the effective water management, improving soil fertility, implementing standard agricultural practises and enhancing cultivation.

    The main features of the project will be the conservation of water supplies in areas where water is scarce and the optimal usage by means of appropriate management techniques.

    According to Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Commissioner M Girija Shankar, water sheds will be scientifically built using remote sensing and GIS technology, which will help the farmers.

    The project is carried out in a convergence mode involving various departments and also the MGNREGP, he said.

    He added, that in order to execute the project the AP Space Applications Centre, Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, IIT Tirupati and the National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning Office will cooperate with the government.

    The Commissioner announced that, as part of the REWARD project, a Land Ressource Index (LRI), hydrological assessment and ground water management database will be developed for two lakh hectares in selected districts.

    “We will create 14 model watersheds for 50,000 hectares of land on a pilot basis and also 52 micro watersheds based on LRI and hydrological data. We will distribute LRI cards and weather-based agricultural advisories to one lakh small farmers,” Girija Shankar said.

    Andhra Pradesh: Aim to launch watershed projects in five districts

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