This programme facilitated to make best use of the available water resources for consumption of human, livestock and crop production. A holistic watershed development programme is being implemented in Vidarbha region and in selected clusters of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, enabling 1,12,341families covering 2.72 lakh ha in 1412 villages to increase their cropping intensity by 31-63% and crop yields by 40-80%. There was an increase in the ground water table by 1.5 m to 4 m, which eased the supply of potable water while improving the fodder supply. The revival of the traditional tanka system, coupled with fruit and forage production and livestock management in the arid region of Barmer in Rajasthan, has been undertaken to provide sustainable livelihood for small farmers.

As a State-level Resource Organisation of YASHADA and NABARD for capacity building in integrated watershed management programme in Maharashtra, series of training programmes on watershed development, irrigation and gender development were conducted for village level institutions, Government Extension Officers and project implementing agencies in Maharashtra.

Statewise coverage of Area under Watershed Development
State No. of Micro
Watersheds (Cum.)
Cum. Area ha No. of
Villages (Cum.)
Cum. Families
benefitted
MITTRA Maharashtra 184 57714 442 36367
GRISERV Gujarat 303 147184 300 32801
DHRUVA Gujarat 24 13821 61 14699
BIRD-K Karnataka 16 21443 68 5427
RRIDMA Rajasthan 11 5553 31 2381
BIRD-UP 11 8402 18 2933
BAIF Bihar 5 5623 41 8316
SPESD M.P. 193 7600 357 7842
BIRD-A.P. 30 1776 58 1228
BAIF Chhattisgarh 4 3862 36 347
Total 781 272978 1412 112341

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