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Bring relief to drought affected regions of Maharashtra

Kendur is a village struck by drought, but full of people who never give up. With Action for Agricultural Renewal in Maharashtra (AFARM) they constructed 5 cement bunds and dug 7 farm ponds in various location in the village. 

They formed water-user groups and learnt all about efficient management of existing water bodies. They understood how much irrigation was assured and grew onion, brinjal, fenugreek, coriander, spinach and horticulture crops like jamun, guava, pomegranate, mango, chikoo, lemon and custard apple, bringing regular incomes for themselves.

Why I am fundraising?

As Kendur has demonstrated, it is possible to help small and marginal farmers overcome the impacts of climate change through setting up replicable models of drought prevention and climate change adaptation.

AFARM has developed short-term emergency relief plans and long term drought prevention and climate change adaptation plans to be implemented in Beed and Solapur by local network member agencies under the overall management & technical support of AFARM.

AFARM is working on recharging existing local water bodies through de-silting and replenishing. Where necessary, protective bunds will be built to prevent water waste. The infrastructure will be supplemented by training and effective water management resources for the local stakeholders.

AFARM has initiated for working in drought affected Beed and Solapur districts in six Gram Panchayats. 

How will the funds be used?

The funds will be used to de-silt local ponds and repair existing wells to store more water. The project will directly benefit 1,000 farmer families and indirectly benefit the whole community of 4,500 people.

Your contribution will be very crucial in sustaining the livelihoods of these drought victims.

About AFARM

Maharashtra has always had recurrent drought and extreme weather conditions. More than 19,000 villages spread over 190 blocks in 22 districts of Maharashtra state are affected by drought. AFARM was formed in 1969 to respond to this crisis of providing water and agricultural extension services to villages affected due to severe and recurrent droughts in Maharashtra.

AFARM has undertaken variety of programs since inception focusing its work on poor, marginalized (dalits, tribals, small and marginal land holders, people affected by natural disasters and women from these communities. You can learn more about AFARM at http://afarm.org/home.html

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15th June 2019
“Impact of Water Conservation Work”
AFARM in association with AWO International Germany initiated ‘Poverty Reduction & Food Security Project in 4 villages from Karmala block of Solapur & Asti block of Beed districts’ from 2016. The project area falls under drought prone region of the state who receives less than 600 mm rainfall. The cropping pattern of both blocks is Cotton, Soyabean, Red gram, Sunflower, Bajara in Kharif season & very less area under Jawar, Wheat & Gram in rabbi season. Normally low rainfall & unavailability of protective irrigation due to Scanty, erratic and uncertain rains assured crop production became common problem of villagers as a result most of HHs migrates in search of employment to the nearby big cities.
AFARM was doing efforts to minimize the effects of situation in the villages with part support from AWO international, in between Millap has joined with us and supported substantially for completion of water conservation works in these villages viz; Kasewadi, Pagulghavan & Sekhapur in Ashti block & Alajapur in Karmala block. With the constructive support of Millap in 2016 AFARM could able to excavate/ de-silt 7 big structures (Cement Nala Bunds, Earthen Nala Bund) which were constructed earlier under different Govt. Programmes. This has created 14702 cum water storage capacity. While selecting the work component in each village, AFARM adopted participatory selection process with villagers, and this has resulted selection of most appropriate and useful sites for de-silting works.
Immediately after work completion there was good rain and as a result structures got filled with rain water. This was happened every year since 2016 and currently the visible result of the work done is summarized as under.  
Results so far:-
  • Increased groundwater level due to recharged ground water table.
  • In all 78 wells & 62 bore wells from the command area of 7 structures get recharged as a result of this during long dry spell farmers protected their crops,
  • Increased drinking water availability up to 3 months as it before water conservation work, availability of drinking water was up to 8th month now is increased 11th months.
  • Additional 147 acres of cultivable area of 153 farming households came under protective irrigation.
  • Increase in crop yields and thereby Crop production of Kharif & rabbi crops up to 25%.
  • Increased area under vegetable cultivation upto 22 acres, vegetable crops like chilli, onion, pumpkin, bottle guard, bitter guard, and radish is increased.
  • Reduced migration up to 40% resulted decrease in school dropout up to 18%.
  • Landless HHs got employment at least 4 months in as farm labors in their native place
  • Increased fodder availability and thereby milk production.
  • “Over all the small & marginal farmers is now developing their  capability to full fill their basic needs in their native place”
Village wise & structure specific Summary of benefits
Sr. NoName of VillageType of WorkNo. of Wells RechargedNo. of Boswells RechargedName of Crops IrrigatedTotal Area IrrigatedNo. of Farmers Benefited
1KasewadiCNB Disilting127Bajara,Cotton,Jawaretc14 Acres17 Farmers
ENB Disilting1811Bajara,Cotton,Jawaretc43 Acres38 Farmers
2ShekapurCNB Disilting85Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton,Turetc11 Acres10 Farmers
CNB Disilting79Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton,Turetc17 Acres19 Farmers
3PagulghavanENB Disilting1014Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton, Vegetables etc27 Acres31 Farmers
ENB Disilting1411Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton,Tur  Vegetables etc23 Acres27 Farmers
4AlajapurCNB Disilting95Bajara,SunflowerJawar ,Tur  Vegetables etc12 Acres11 Farmers
TOTAL78 Wells 62 Borwells 147 Acres153 Farmers
 
All information & data collected from conducting FGD & personal interview
 
 Thanking you
 
Mr. Sakore Shantaram
Programme Director - AFARM
 
“Impact of Water Conservation Work”
AFARM in association with AWO International Germany initiated ‘Poverty Reduction & Food Security Project in 4 villages from Karmala block of Solapur & Asti block of Beed districts’ from 2016. The project area falls under drought prone region of the state who receives less than 600 mm rainfall. The cropping pattern of both blocks is Cotton, Soyabean, Red gram, Sunflower, Bajara in Kharif season & very less area under Jawar, Wheat & Gram in rabbi season. Normally low rainfall & unavailability of protective irrigation due to Scanty, erratic and uncertain rains assured crop production became common problem of villagers as a result most of HHs migrates in search of employment to the nearby big cities.
AFARM was doing efforts to minimize the effects of situation in the villages with part support from AWO international, in between Millap has joined with us and supported substantially for completion of water conservation works in these villages viz; Kasewadi, Pagulghavan & Sekhapur in Ashti block & Alajapur in Karmala block. With the constructive support of Millap in 2016 AFARM could able to excavate/ de-silt 7 big structures (Cement Nala Bunds, Earthen Nala Bund) which were constructed earlier under different Govt. Programmes. This has created 14702 cum water storage capacity. While selecting the work component in each village, AFARM adopted participatory selection process with villagers, and this has resulted selection of most appropriate and useful sites for de-silting works.
Immediately after work completion there was good rain and as a result structures got filled with rain water. This was happened every year since 2016 and currently the visible result of the work done is summarized as under.  
Results so far:-
  • Increased groundwater level due to recharged ground water table.
  • In all 78 wells & 62 bore wells from the command area of 7 structures get recharged as a result of this during long dry spell farmers protected their crops,
  • Increased drinking water availability up to 3 months as it before water conservation work, availability of drinking water was up to 8th month now is increased 11th months.
  • Additional 147 acres of cultivable area of 153 farming households came under protective irrigation.
  • Increase in crop yields and thereby Crop production of Kharif & rabbi crops up to 25%.
  • Increased area under vegetable cultivation upto 22 acres, vegetable crops like chilli, onion, pumpkin, bottle guard, bitter guard, and radish is increased.
  • Reduced migration up to 40% resulted decrease in school dropout up to 18%.
  • Landless HHs got employment at least 4 months in as farm labors in their native place
  • Increased fodder availability and thereby milk production.
  • “Over all the small & marginal farmers is now developing their  capability to full fill their basic needs in their native place”
Village wise & structure specific Summary of benefits
Sr. NoName of VillageType of WorkNo. of Wells RechargedNo. of Boswells RechargedName of Crops IrrigatedTotal Area IrrigatedNo. of Farmers Benefited
1KasewadiCNB Disilting127Bajara,Cotton,Jawaretc14 Acres17 Farmers
ENB Disilting1811Bajara,Cotton,Jawaretc43 Acres38 Farmers
2ShekapurCNB Disilting85Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton,Turetc11 Acres10 Farmers
CNB Disilting79Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton,Turetc17 Acres19 Farmers
3PagulghavanENB Disilting1014Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton, Vegetables etc27 Acres31 Farmers
ENB Disilting1411Bajara,OnianJawar, Cotton,Tur  Vegetables etc23 Acres27 Farmers
4AlajapurCNB Disilting95Bajara,SunflowerJawar ,Tur  Vegetables etc12 Acres11 Farmers
TOTAL78 Wells 62 Borwells 147 Acres153 Farmers
 
All information & data collected from conducting FGD & personal interview
 
 Thanking you
 
Mr. Sakore Shantaram
Programme Director - AFARM
 
10th January 2019
About AFARM
AFARM is an association of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)/ Non Govt. Organizations (NGOs) engaged in Rural Development in the state of Maharashtra, formed in 1969 to respond to an acute need of an apex institution that would co-ordinate efforts of Organizations in their task of providing water and agricultural extension services to villages affected due to severe and recurrent drought conditions in Maharashtra.Presently, 90 registered social development organizations are members of AFARM & more than 250 are associate organizations.
Since last many years, AFARMs major intervention areas are remained as natural resource management and rural livelihoods promotion with special reference to development of land and water resources in sustainable manner. Natural Resources Development Program(NRDP) are executed specifically focused at development and livelihood security of the marginalized communities and promoting sustainable agriculture technologies. Alongside, AFARM also extend its services in community based NRM, agriculture, irrigation and livelihoods development programs based on institutional expertise, knowledge and experience gained to government, international and bilateral programs through consultancies, study and research. Details of ongoing projects is as follows
Sr.No.Project NameProject Area/Coverage
No of Villages District 
1Jalvaibhav - An integrated water resources management (iwrm) initiative for rural development15,000 Farmers from 30 Villages from Kalamb, Osmanabad, Latur, Nilanga, Karmala Blocks Osmanabad, Latur and Solapur
2Holistic Rural  Development Project (HRDP)3569 HHs from 8 Villages from Phaltan BlockSatara
3Enhancing Livelihoods Security for the Rural Women in Maharashtra through Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Development20,000 Women from 100 Villages from 9  BlocksPune Thane, Ahmednagar and Nashik
4 Water Conservation Project28 Villages from Gangapur and Auranbagad BlocksAurangabad
5Digital Sakhi Programme30 villages from 8 blocksPune, Osmanbabad, Solapur
6Participatory Watershed Development and Ground Water Management9 Villages of Man BlockSatara
7Poverty Reduction and Promotion of Food Security for Poor and Vulnerable Communities from Solapur & Beed districts of Drought Prone Region of Maharashtra2 Villages in Karmala of Solapur District & 2 Villages in Ashti block of Beed districtSolapur & Beed
8Ghod River Basin Development Project20 Villages of  Shrigonda & Shirur Blocks  of Ahmednagar & Pune DistrictAhmednager & Pune
9Mahila Kisan Sahaktikaran Pariyojna12,000 HHS from from 12 Blocks of Yavatmal, Amaravati, Buldana, WashimYavatmal, Amaravati, Buldana, Washim
10Silai School Project310  Villages from 31 districts31 Districts
11Small NGO Capacity Building Project25 Organisations14 Distsricts of Maharashtra
Drought situation in Maharashtra

The biggest challenge in 2019 for Maharashtra is drought. The period March to June will bring major challenges on account of sever drought. Maharashra State being located in central India, are suffering from recurrent drought situation/ extreme weather events since many years.   The number of Villages hit by drought in Maharashtra has increased by 931.  Earlier State Government has declared 151 Blocks having near about 18,000 villages and 208 revenue circles, each with about 30 to 40 villages. 931 villages newly placed on the list are spread over across 50 revenue circles and eight districts and 358 talukas
  • Droughts affected villages are those which has reported production less than 50% and low rainfall.
  • Vidarbha repots 88% post monsoon rainfall deficiency. Marahtwada 84%, Central Maharashtra 64%, Konkan and Goa 56%.
  • Rabi crops will get affected due to post monsoon deficiency in rainfed area. This deficiency has  affected groundwater, surface water as well as soil moisture.
  • 60% famers from State have been bit by drought and arount 80 lakh hectares of land uner cultivation  have been affected
  • State Government has soughts finance assistance about Rs. 7,962 crore from the Central Government, 7103 for damanged crops, 535 providing fodder and 323 for water supply.
AFARM role in Drought Relief Work
In most of projects being implemented by AFARM, Soil and Water Conservation is main componants. Various measures are being undertaken for Drought mitigation in the project area. In view of Drought situation in Maharashtra today, AFARM is undertaking short term measures lin its project area like
  • Drinking Water Supply
  • Drinking Water for Cattles
  • Fodder Production/ Fodder Availability
  • Cattle camps
The funds will be used for these Drought relief works
About AFARM
AFARM is an association of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)/ Non Govt. Organizations (NGOs) engaged in Rural Development in the state of Maharashtra, formed in 1969 to respond to an acute need of an apex institution that would co-ordinate efforts of Organizations in their task of providing water and agricultural extension services to villages affected due to severe and recurrent drought conditions in Maharashtra.Presently, 90 registered social development organizations are members of AFARM & more than 250 are associate organizations.
Since last many years, AFARMs major intervention areas are remained as natural resource management and rural livelihoods promotion with special reference to development of land and water resources in sustainable manner. Natural Resources Development Program(NRDP) are executed specifically focused at development and livelihood security of the marginalized communities and promoting sustainable agriculture technologies. Alongside, AFARM also extend its services in community based NRM, agriculture, irrigation and livelihoods development programs based on institutional expertise, knowledge and experience gained to government, international and bilateral programs through consultancies, study and research. Details of ongoing projects is as follows
Sr.No.Project NameProject Area/Coverage
No of Villages District 
1Jalvaibhav - An integrated water resources management (iwrm) initiative for rural development15,000 Farmers from 30 Villages from Kalamb, Osmanabad, Latur, Nilanga, Karmala Blocks Osmanabad, Latur and Solapur
2Holistic Rural  Development Project (HRDP)3569 HHs from 8 Villages from Phaltan BlockSatara
3Enhancing Livelihoods Security for the Rural Women in Maharashtra through Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Development20,000 Women from 100 Villages from 9  BlocksPune Thane, Ahmednagar and Nashik
4 Water Conservation Project28 Villages from Gangapur and Auranbagad BlocksAurangabad
5Digital Sakhi Programme30 villages from 8 blocksPune, Osmanbabad, Solapur
6Participatory Watershed Development and Ground Water Management9 Villages of Man BlockSatara
7Poverty Reduction and Promotion of Food Security for Poor and Vulnerable Communities from Solapur & Beed districts of Drought Prone Region of Maharashtra2 Villages in Karmala of Solapur District & 2 Villages in Ashti block of Beed districtSolapur & Beed
8Ghod River Basin Development Project20 Villages of  Shrigonda & Shirur Blocks  of Ahmednagar & Pune DistrictAhmednager & Pune
9Mahila Kisan Sahaktikaran Pariyojna12,000 HHS from from 12 Blocks of Yavatmal, Amaravati, Buldana, WashimYavatmal, Amaravati, Buldana, Washim
10Silai School Project310  Villages from 31 districts31 Districts
11Small NGO Capacity Building Project25 Organisations14 Distsricts of Maharashtra
Drought situation in Maharashtra

The biggest challenge in 2019 for Maharashtra is drought. The period March to June will bring major challenges on account of sever drought. Maharashra State being located in central India, are suffering from recurrent drought situation/ extreme weather events since many years.   The number of Villages hit by drought in Maharashtra has increased by 931.  Earlier State Government has declared 151 Blocks having near about 18,000 villages and 208 revenue circles, each with about 30 to 40 villages. 931 villages newly placed on the list are spread over across 50 revenue circles and eight districts and 358 talukas
  • Droughts affected villages are those which has reported production less than 50% and low rainfall.
  • Vidarbha repots 88% post monsoon rainfall deficiency. Marahtwada 84%, Central Maharashtra 64%, Konkan and Goa 56%.
  • Rabi crops will get affected due to post monsoon deficiency in rainfed area. This deficiency has  affected groundwater, surface water as well as soil moisture.
  • 60% famers from State have been bit by drought and arount 80 lakh hectares of land uner cultivation  have been affected
  • State Government has soughts finance assistance about Rs. 7,962 crore from the Central Government, 7103 for damanged crops, 535 providing fodder and 323 for water supply.
AFARM role in Drought Relief Work
In most of projects being implemented by AFARM, Soil and Water Conservation is main componants. Various measures are being undertaken for Drought mitigation in the project area. In view of Drought situation in Maharashtra today, AFARM is undertaking short term measures lin its project area like
  • Drinking Water Supply
  • Drinking Water for Cattles
  • Fodder Production/ Fodder Availability
  • Cattle camps
The funds will be used for these Drought relief works
22nd January 2017

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