Koraput, March 19 (LocalWire): Despite abundant rainfall, Koraput’s Dusura village witnessed a drought-like situation every year.
What compounded the problem was the lack of knowledge among villagers about water-harvesting. As a result, they used to migrate to other areas for work.
Thanks to the active involvement of the district watershed mission, the prospects of some 50 tribal households in the village are now beginning to look better.
The mission has dug two ponds and a number of wells, each 40 feet deep and 20 feet wide, for storage and irrigation under the MGNREGA scheme.
These wells will not only help store rainwater, but also recharge the ground water, said Bhabani Shankar Kalo, project director of the district watershed mission.
“Although they are land owners, they used to migrate to other areas in search of work, mainly after monsoon. Things, though, are beginning to change,” he said.
The projects meant round-the-year irrigation and more income for villagers, Kalo said.
“I use to migrate to Andhra Pradesh for work after monsoon. Now I have more work in my farm, as there’s water,” said Ramnath Guntha, a farmer, who has a two-acre land.
Another villager said, “We can now store sufficient water to irrigate around 200 acres. It’s a big boost to our income. We don’t face water shortage for farming or livestock rearing.”
The villagers were also taught on multiple and line cropping for optimum agriculture output.
Kalo said that the mission has dug over 500 wells across the district for irrigation.