Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Improving Water Productivity Through Farmer Training

Government of India is implementing a Scheme namely “Scaling up of water productivity in agriculture for livelihood through teaching-cum-demonstration, training of trainers and farmers” by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 32 centres (27 State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and 5 ICAR Institutes) on issues/themes addressing location specific problems and needs to enhance water productivity in agriculture. These themes include rainwater management in upland, medium and low land, micro-level water resources development, rain water harvesting, multiple use and management of harvested water, water management in paddy crops, water management in non-paddy crops, water management in horticultural crops, crop diversification, cropping system in rainfed uplands etc.

Good agriculture practices suggested by agricultural universities are adopted by State Governments through National/State sponsored agriculture development programmes.