Location: Medak district, Telangana, India
Six villages in Patancheru mandal of Medak districts covering 7143 ha area were selected for integrated watershed development program. The overall goal of this initiative is to increase agricultural productivity and improve the livelihoods of rural poor in fragile dryland areas on a sustainable basis by enhancing the impact of integrated watershed management programs through capacity-building initiatives using site of learning in low-rainfall agro-eco regions. The specific goal of the proposed initiative is to enhance the water resources availability (surface and groundwater), water productivity, income and livelihood in the selected villages of Patancheru mandal, Medak district in Telangana.
The specific objectives of the proposed initiative are as follows:
- To establish a “Model Site of Learning” in Medak district for demonstrating the potential of rainfed areas by adopting integrated water resource management approach;
- To enhance the water resources availability (surface and groundwater) and its use efficiency through low cost water harvesting structures and to enhance capacity of existing water harvesting structures by silt removal;
- Enhancing agricultural productivity through land, water and nutrient management interventions;
- To build capacity of the farmers in the region for improving rural livelihoods through knowledge sharing and dissemination strategy.