NABARD launches water conservation campaign in Karnataka

Nabard will help Karnataka with low-cost technologies for water conservation and efficient use of water in the drought-affected districts.M I Ganagi, Chief General Manager, Nabard, said Karnataka has been reeling under drought for the past four years. The main focus of the save water programme would be to create awareness and to cover maximum number of villages in the districts.Ganagi said the campaign would essentially focus on creating awareness among the rural community about the methods of water conservation, preservation and its efficient utilisation at various levels using modern technologies like micro irrigation (more crop per drop), traditional water management practices, adopting improved package of agronomic practices, etc.As part of the campaign, area-specific contents covering different water management practices applicable to local conditions for various agro climatic regions, with emphasis on community participation, are being developed.Vijay Bhaskar, Karnataka Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner, in his address shared his thoughts on water conservation, recycling of waste water, desilting, separate policy for micro irrigation (drip & sprinkler) and assured full cooperation in taking the movement further.Maheshwar Rao, Karnataka Secretary for Agriculture, in his address emphasised on the need for change in cropping pattern in command areas and regulation and incentivising for efficient use of water.

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