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How this drought-prone village in Maharashtra became water-sufficient

Prosperity has come to Kadawanchi in a big way, thanks to watershed management. Its annual income has shot up from Rs 74 lakh in 2000 to a whopping Rs 72 crore in 2019!

Pune, Maharashtra / March 26, 2021 / 09:40 AM IST
Since the watershed work, villagers have been growing fruits and vegetables profitably. Credit: Chandrakant Kshirsagar

Since the watershed work, villagers have been growing fruits and vegetables profitably. Credit: Chandrakant Kshirsagar

If it can be done in Marathwada, it can be emulated anywhere else in the country – provided there is a will. A village in a region known for its arid landscape and high incidence of farmer suicides has demonstrated how to create an oasis in a bleak topography.

The Marathwada region, which spans eight districts of Maharashtra and borders Karnataka and Telangana, has traditionally been drought-prone.

According to reports, it’s hit by a severe drought almost every two decades and suffers from dry spells in between, leading to crop losses and placing a farming community under perpetual distress.

One village in Marathwada has managed to become water-sufficient and revive its agricultural fortunes, thanks to watershed management.