District-level water management programme inaugurated

By TheHindu on 01 Jun 2017

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched district-level water management programme by organising training for ‘jal doots’ (water ambassadors) to sensitise farmers and general public to the need for water management in agriculture and harvesting rainwater.

NABARD has appointed 40 ‘jal doots’, who would form 20 groups, with two ambassadors in each group, and they would create awareness of the massive ‘Save Water’ campaign and educate farmers and general public in all the villages in the district on judicious use of water.

Addressing the programme organised at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) here on Wednesday, Collector S. Natarajan said each ‘jal doot’ group would cover 25 villages and educate farmers and public on important aspects of water management, preservation and conservation.

The trained ‘jal doots’, who were presented with training module and ‘Save Water’ posters, would educate farmers in their allotted villages on the need to adopt drip and sprinkle irrigation methods, he said.

Distributing ‘Krishi jal doot’ training modules, S. Mathiyazhagan, District Development Manager, NABARD, said all stakeholders – government departments concerned, banks, the KVK, self-help groups and non-governmental organisations – would be involved in implementing water management programme.

The ‘jal doots’ would organise training sessions in villages and create awareness of the importance of water and availability of various low cost technologies for conservation, preservation and efficient use of water, he said.

The programme aimed at stressing adoption of available technologies to enhance productivity per unit of water, promoting investment in rainwater harvesting, water conservation and management practices and climate resilient agriculture, he added.

‘Jal doots’ were educated on the current scenario of water resources, water management in agriculture and horticulture, water conservation technologies, farm ponds and their uses. They were also enlightened about the role of the KVK in water management and banks in water resources.

K.S. Suresh Babu, Lead Bank Manager, and P. Rajendran, Assistant Engineer, Public Works Department, were present.