Location: Tadipatri, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India
- UltraTech Cement
- Government of Andhra Pradesh
UltraTech Cements Limited (Andhra Pradesh Cement Works, APCW) has adopted an integrated watershed management program with the help of ICRISAT Development Centre (IDC), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), to address water scarcity, land degradation, and crop productivity in order to improve rural livelihoods. In February 2019, the watershed project was started with an MoU for two villages (CSR villages of UltraTech Cements) – Patnikota (latitude 15° 085΄ N and longitude 78° 063΄ E) of Kolimigundla mandal, Kurnool district, and Ankireddypalli (later changed to Ayyavaripalli, latitude 15° 024΄ N and longitude 78° 004΄ E) of Tadipatri mandal, Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh State.
Of the two watersheds identified for watershed activities, Patnikota watershed has been selected for implementing the integrated watershed management approach, and Ayyavaripalli watershed for only productivity enhancement demonstrations.
The goal of the initiative is to increase the availability of water resources and improve agricultural productivity so as to boost the livelihoods of the rural poor in the watersheds on a sustainable basis by enhancing the impact of interventions through an integrated watershed management approach.
The specific objectives are:
- Enhance water availability in the watershed through rainwater harvesting and recharging of wells, to demonstrate that science-based interventions can increase water availability;
- Enhance agricultural productivity through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP);
- Establish a model village that demonstrates increased productivity and improved livelihoods; and
- Build the capacity of farmers, women, and youth in the watershed.