THE " WORKSHOP ON MICRO PLANNING FOR SOIL, WATER AND ENERGY CONSERVATION " JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY NATIONAL COUNCIL OF RURAL INSTITUTES (NCRI), HYDERABAD & PEOPLES INSTITUTE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT (PIRD) AHMEDPUR (MAHARASHTRA)ON 28 Jan.2010 AT AHMEDPUR DIST. LATUR, IN MAHARASHTRA .
Objective of the workshop was that to convey the important role of farmers and women in micro planning & conservation of water, soil and energy sources and the role of an Ngo as a facilitator.
The workshop was inaugurated by Shri.Bharat Chame,President of Muncipal council of Ahmedpur. He explained the need of conservation of Water and soil. He said that we should take responsibility for various solutions for conservation of water and not always take government for granted. He also forewarned about the future problem of shortage of water for drinking and for farming.
Shri Gulabsing Rathod, Project Director,DRDA, Latur in his speech elaborated the various projects run by government for conservation of soil and water like drought prone area project, Hariyali project, Vangram Project etc. He emphasized the need of increased people participation to run and complete these projects successfully. He also explained that this is not easy task but if we decide to put our whole heart in it then it is possible.
Hon. Shri. Vithal Chandawar,Promoter & Vice President Kekatshindagi Village Watershed Dev. Programme stated that to fight the drought problem and water unavailability problem the only solution is the watershed development program. He shared his experience of watershed development project which was implemented in his village with PIRD.
He explained the various benefits of watershed development project such as increase in water table level, increase in crop yield, increase in employment opportunities, awareness among villagers for such projects in nearby villages etc. He also explained in detail the problems for implementation of such project and the possible solutions for such problems.
Shri.R.S.Ramarao, chief guest from National Council Of Rural Institutes (Ncri), Hyderabad informed the audience that it takes one thousand years to form 1 inch of soil in nature. Our lives are totally dependent on the soil of the farms so to conserve the soil is one of the greatest works. He also advised that to implement successfully the program of conservation of soil, water and energy, the planning should be from the root level and with maximum inputs from the villagers.
Shri. V. V. Bhargande, Agri. Development Officer, Zilla Parishad, Latur District talked about conservation of energy sources in nature. The definition of development is nothing but conservation of energy. He explained in detail the causes of less farm output and what measure needs to be taken .He advised need for more plantation, sprinkle water system in farms, timely charging of batteries, use of distilled water in batteries.
Pro. Shri. B B Badgire, Professor Agricultural Collage, Latur enlightened the audience on water and wind energy conservation needs and benefits. He told that the wind speed should be at least 30 to 34 km/hour to use it effectively. He suggested following things for water conservation.
One Shouch –Khadda for every home and one must ensure that in rainy season the water falling on the top should go to it. This could reduce the the problem of drinking water by 50%.
Farm lakes should be dug in the Black soil only.
Water spending management for every village and at home level.
The representative from ngos and other participants expressed their views. They said they were able to understand the issue of conservation of natural resources from this workshop.
Outcome from the workshop:
1. The ngo’s from Latur and Nanded district decided to form a network under the co-ordination of People’s Institute of Rural Development to work exclusively on the issue of conservation of soil, water and energy
2. Farmers and women who participated in this workshop expressed their willingness to work on this issue in their villages.