Impact of Area treatment and drainage line treatment work in village Bhataki

          Mr. Rahul Lalaso Devakar is one of the farmers from village Bhataki, He is the owner of 4.10 H of land including the barren land. Mr. Devakar constructed the well of 18 ft. depth as a source for irrigation. But he was able to use the well water only for 6 months and he was unable to cultivate the land throughout the year. To get aggregate annual income he also tried for the allied activities like animal husbandry and goatry. But due to the drought prone area again he has faced the problem of scarcity of fodder during summer season. He had invested money in digging the well and in purchasing the cow and goats. He was facing the economic problems too. Dispiritedly he was thinking to sell out the animals and goats and try for the job in nearby town.

          Fortunately in October 2017 the “Bajaj Water Conservation project” initiated by A NGO – Shramjivi Janata Sahayyak Mandal (SJSM), Satara in the Man block covering the village Bhataki. Mr. Devakar participated in various meetings to understand the concept of the project. The SJSM team clarified all the doubts and questions from villagers about the feasibility of the project. Mr. Devkar along with the villagers started cherishing the dream of their village development and long term impact of this project to solve the problem of water shortage in their village. So he has begun to participate in the various activities of the project.

         The area treatment work like deep SCT, LBS, Gully plugs, Gabian structures & WAT etc. initiated since 2017 in village Bhataki along with the drainage line treatment work including CNB, ENB and Nala deepening and winding work was also carried out on a brook nearby his well.  He used the excavated soil on 2 H of his barren land to transform it into cultivable land. In the next year he observed the sufficient water in the well even in the post monsoon months. He was not sure about the quantity of water still he decided to cultivate the land in summer season also.

          After a year the impact assessment study was carried out on his field. Surprisingly the study team found his well is brimful with water in the month of December. The team found the cash crops including ground nut, jawar and fodder crops along with the horticultural trees. He had used the entire land for cultivation. He has 40 goat in his goatry farm and 4 cows including 1 local breed and 3 jersey breed and he is supplying 35 L of milk per day in local dairy. Now he is able to cultivate all the land thought the year and earning Rs. 4,00,000 as a aggregate annual income from the agriculture and allied activities. Thus, the attitude of Mr. Devakar began to change and his enthusiasm for agriculture was rekindled.

Sugarcane cultivation by Mr. Devakar

Goat rearing unit

Animal husbandry unit

Mr. Devakar with his brimful of water well

Discussion with Mr. Devakar in his Jawar field