Irrigating farmlands

  • 14/04/2001

Everybody uses water for irrigating farmlands. But Gram Vikas Navyuvak Mandal, a voluntary organisation of Laporiya village in Dudu block of Jaipur district, Rajasthan , has evolved an innovative strategy to regenerate pasturelands. The rural economy relies on agriculture and livestock rearing. Regenerated pastures have given a tremendous boost to the local economy. The system developed is called chauka . This unique system involves rectangular plots of land enclosed by 1.5-metre-high dykes on three sides. The plots, or chaukas , are built in a zigzag pattern perpendicular to the gradient. Trees are planted on the dykes to give them strength.

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