Jharkhand Watershed Development Programme (completed) – Achievements:

  • The Gram Sabha members meets regularly and issues are being discussed and decisions taken are recorded
  • The roles and responsibilities of each key member are clear to all. However, role of Gram sewak (secretary of the Gram Sabha) who is a paid staff of Block office are sometimes not very regular. Facilitators of the project assisted by village animators and subsequently the animators are taking major responsibilities in village development
  • Out of 42 women SHGs formed so far, 80% of the key SHG members learnt the skill of maintaining their book of accounts, making their signatures. The SHGs are however still not in position to go for credit from the bank and use the loan for Income generation activities
  • SHGs have federated themselves under common platform and meet every quarterly to discuss on relevant issues. The SHG Federation concept is being introduced in only one watershed rather it is under the process of formation in remaining watersheds.
  • Towards convergence: About 200 farmers from different watersheds enhanced their skills on improved agricultural practices such as using traditional method of seed treatment, green manuring practice, growing mustard for border cropping (it act as repellent against predators), vermicomposting, using indigenous method of pest and disease management, kitchen gardening in their homestead and thereby replicating their knowledge and skills to other farmers. About 20 farmers approached CURRS and got seed support on paddy from Central Upland Rice Research Station (CURRS) in Sirma-Chapri watershed under the facilitation of Mahila Mandal Trust (MMT) in 10 acres also they were made acquainted with new variety paddy (Anjali) suited for Jharkhand condition. Till Dec.08 each farmer produces 30-35 quintal of paddy (almost doubles the conventional variety).
  • For the first time 20 farmers came forward on pilot basis for growing improved paddy (IR 36, IR 64, Anjali) cultivation through SRI (System for Rice Intensification) method and encouraging yield has been obtained. As per observation, the same practice (SRI method of paddy cultivation) will be repeated during the coming monsoon season (Kharif) among 100 farmers.
  • sizable number of entrepreneurial youths especially from Krishi-Hariyali Watershed under the facilitation of Holycross Krishi Vigyan
    Kendra, Hazaribagh started pea cultivation in 3 acres of land for the first time.
  • ield bunds, proper cross-section of embankments are maintained at frequent interval under the guidance of trained facilitators.
  • Women from SHGs are now health conscious, and also conscious about the primary education of both boys and girls, they used to discuss regularly on these issues at SHG meetings. Due to their increased awareness accessing the health care facilities from primary health centres.
  • Women SHGs are given charge of managing mid-day meal (sponsored by ICDS) at village/ project level. They are approaching block offices and banks interacting with block officials, bank officials. Though, the present status of their functioning has not been monitored.
  • he Gram Kosh (Village Development Fund) has been streamlined, with bank accounts opened and operational guidelines/ manuals are in place. Till the end of the project, total deposit of fund was more than Rs. 3 lacs.
  • roposals have been submitted to CF, Deoghar for plantation in forest land that falls in Sabela watershed (managed by PRAVAH, Deoghar) in 100 acres. Till the end of reporting period, the proposal in under process.
  • A good number of proposals have been sanctioned under NREGA especially on plantation on community land, construction of water harvesting structures, irrigation wells.
  • Ground water recharge has increased up to avg. 5-6 feet as observed during post monsoon.
  • 100 hectares of treated land is covered under cropping through paddy of improved varieties as main crop and maize, pigeon-pea, mustard, lentil as subsidiary crops by 200 farmers.
  • The water for drinking is now available throughout the year followed by irrigation water is available for winter cropping for 20% of total agricultural land.
  • Beneficiaries of water bodies take proper care of the water bodies, maintaining proper crosssection of embankments.
  • Beneficiaries (mostly women) utilizing water bodies for pisciculture and accordingly reaping good harvest from each water bodies ( on an average 3 quintal fish harvested in 2008)

Geographically Based Programme (completed) – Achievements:

  • oil erosion checked in gullies. Farmers now started cultivating in treated land and growing food grains, pulses and vegetables. Soil moisture has been increased for additional 2-3 months and assuring paddy crop and become good for Rabbi crop.
  • mproved ground water recharge can be verifiable through the water availability in the open wells during summer, ensured sustainable use of common land. Fruit plants ensures nutritional value to children and others.
  • Assurance to farmers to take Kharif & Rabi crops towards increase in crop production. Cultivation of vegetables has assured additional income.
  • eath rate among animals has significantly decreased due to increased awareness among the community towards the timely vaccination. The convergence programme has enabled members of SHG to earn extra income
  • kills of individual facilitators got developed and JRC received fine-tuned six- monthly reports from partners
  • The exposure cum training gave new insights to the farmers on use of traditional methods of organic farming for sustainable agriculture
  • rainings to the villagers gave them new ideas of income generation activities. This also provided them the knowledge about various govt. Programmes for their benefit and how to keep a track of those for uninterrupted benefit from
    the same