Being implemented by: PANI (People’s Action for National Integration) Supported by: Hindustan Unilever Foundation, Mumbai This project of Water Conservation in Agriculture has been conceptualized and planned for implementation in partnership with 8 CSOs of SATHI-UP network organizations. CSOs as sub partner are the ground agencies to implement the project in their respective areas of operation and PANI as a lead partner provides technical handholding, capacity building and monitoring support to these 8 sub-partners in project implementation. The project has been planned for three farming context, viz. flood affected, sodic/alkaline and normal plain. Project outreaches total 26500 marginal farmers from the 103 Gram Panchayat (308 villages) of 9 blocks in 7 Eastern Uttar Pradesh districts.

Key objectives:
To improve the economic well-being of 26500 marginal farmers/households and help them achieve food security by practicing improved agriculture practices.
To enhance gross cropped area through availability of additional water.
To enhance production & productivity of major crops like cereals, pulses, vegetables, sugarcane & mentha.
To bring positive change in behavior of community towards water conservation.
To promote water saving practices/technologies in farming practices to save water.
To ensure the access of marginal farmers over govt. livelihood programs/ schemes through their mobilization and knowledge building
To promote integrated agro-based livelihood activities for marginal farmers.

The project aims to address the following major issues:

Loss of one crop due to flood.
Poor soil health condition.
Low cropping intensity due limited gross sown area.
Poor cropping pattern and low productivity of crops
Low income due to dependency on traditional agriculture.
Poor educational status & awareness about entitlements
Lack of collective initiatives for rights
Lack of skill in agro techniques & ignorance of new technologies
High use of chemical fertilizers/pesticides.
Exploitation of farmers in inputs sourcing & marketing of products.
Improper and inefficient use of water in agriculture.
Wastage of water.
Low productivity of water

Outcomes which project is aiming to achieve:
i. The project will save 73.51 MCM water. Which will also save energy (in the form of diesel) equivalent to Rs. 8.44 Cr which is required for lifting of 73.38 MCM water. Saving of above quantity of diesel also make significant impact on carbon footprint.
ii. Project aims to make significant change in water use/saving behavior of 26500 Families which contributes for saving of water during project period & many years after the project
iii. Bring 15000 acre area under water friendly/efficient agriculture technique/ practices.
iv. 28500 ton additional production of farm produce through enhanced productivity.
v. Marginal farmers of project areas will adopt new technology (technique/crop/varieties) demonstrated by project. It will increase productivity and improve soil health and also contribute towards the conservation of natural resources, especially water.
vi. More marginal farmers will be able to access the benefits of various govt. schemes.
vii. Increase farm income by 25-30% of 26500 marginal farmers/households by the end of year 2019.

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