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Borewell pooling in times of drought

Farmers with borewells in their fields have come to the rescue of fellow farmers in some parts of Kabini command area in Mysuru district by supplying water to save their standing paddy crop. Water supply from Kabini dam had been stopped owing to poor storage and was being saved for drinking purpose. The initiative of sourcing borewell water to save paddy crop had been taken up in some villages of Nanjangud and T. Narsipur taluks. The farmers claim around 20 percent of paddy crop could be saved this way.

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Traditional ways to water security

Although droughts are not new in India, we are seeing more of it of late. The paper Seeking viable solutions to water security in Bundelkhand published in the Economic and Political Weekly dated November 5, 2016 informs that people in South Asia have managed the vagaries of seasons for centuries through water-harvesting structures and by managing the available water efficiently through traditional water management practices that utilised water without wastage. Despite certain losses, floods were welcome for they recharged the groundwater and renewed soil fertility.

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1.25 lakh New Tube Wells May Deepen Punjab's Groundwater Troubles

Currently, out of 141 agricultural development blocks in the state, 102 fall in the ‘dark zone’, where the water level is 200 feet or deeper.
 

12,000 Water Sources Dried up in State Study

More than 12,000 natural water sources have dried up in Uttarakhand till last decade.
Besides these water bodies, subsidiary sources, which enrich these main sources, have also dried up due to lack of required forestation and increased urbanisation.
 

20 Agro Ecological Regions of India

What follows is a detailed discussion of each of the 20 AERs of India and the 60 AESRs with reference to this climate, soil and land use, the distinguishing features of the AESRs are also mentioned. The constraints and

91 major water reservoirs level below 15

The country's 91 major water reservoirs are at less than 15% of their combined capacity, the Central Water Commission said on Thursday. At 23.94 billion cubic metres, the available water in these reservoirs was 26.11 bcm below the available capacity a year ago and 10.17 bcm below the average of the last 10 years.

 

Agriculture More Water and Better Farming for Improved Food Security

Reports that more than 200 million people living in dryland regions of Sub-Saharan Africa make their living from agriculture, and most remain exposed to weather shocks, especially drought. Their lack of resilience stems from the poor performance of agriculture on which their livelihood depends.

 

A Stitch in Time Villagers Dig 270 Ponds to Store Rain Water

JAMLI: While the much-touted concept of water harvesting in cities assumes technical overtones of capturing runoff from rooftops and watershed management, at least 200 villages in Indore's rural landscape have undertaken a revolutionary project to battle water crisis.
 

Cities at Crossroads A looming crisis

The Green Revolution accentuated the need for secure water for the high yielding varieties of food grains. However, inadequate investments and poor planning and maintenance of the irrigation infrastructure meant that canal irrigation was much less effective than planned.
 

Climate change warming Asian waters, altering monsoon study

The study indicates future ocean warming in the region, could increase the amount of rainfall during monsoons,...but most of that rain would fall before the monsoon front reaches land