Natural Resource Management

Watershed Development:

The objective of this programme is to prevent the soil erosion and enhance the moisture retention rate, so that the soil productivity and ground water resources are increased. We have implemented watershed activities in about 2000 acres and now implementing them in about 4000 acres. Under this programme 3000 more acres would be treated in the next 3 years.

Restoration of Traditional Tanks:

The restoration of traditional tanks / water bodies will enhance not only irrigation facilities but also the availability of drinking water, fodder, fisheries etc. Mass Education has already restored 6 tanks in 3 villages. Now it is also restoring 15 irrigation tanks by developing awareness among Water User Associations in two of its project mandals.

Natural Regeneration of thousands acres of degraded hills:

Natural Regeneration is a low cost method to restore greenery on the degraded common lands as well as to promote Bio-diversity and livelihood opportunities of the dependant communities. It has brought about 2000 acres of common lands into social conservation in 7 villages in its project area.

Mass Education played a critical role in the Promotion of natural regeneration of revenue common lands (particularly the degraded hills) in Anantapur district in collaboration with 16 voluntary organizations. Number of other organisations have used this innovative concept and strategies promoted by Mass Education for the regeneration of common lands. All the NGO’s involved in this activity we have successfully brought about 70 thousand acres of common lands under the conservation of the village communities.

Water Conservation and Management:

We have assisted 34 Gram Panchayats (GPs) to prepare Water Conservation and Management Plans by using PRA techniques in collaboration with DWMA Anantapur and APARD, Hyderabad. These GPs are successfully planning and implementing water related activities basing on the plans prepared by our organisation.

Non-chemical Pest Management (NPM) / Organic Farming:

The objective of these programmes is to reduce the usage of chemical pesticides and fertilisers as well as to reduce the cost of cultivation. Mass Education is implementing these programmes in 15 villages with the support from IKP and CRIDA. We are training the farmers in the preparation and usage of biomass based pesticides and promoting the application of tank silt, mulching techniques to fertile the soils in a natural manner

Recharging of Dried up Open Wells:

We have assisted farmers to recharge about 50 open wells in 2 villages by diverting the rain water with low cost technology, by investing a small amount of about 5 thousands on an average. Each well gets filled up on an average 4 times during the rainy season. This technique proved to be more efficient than the check dams which were constructed by investing lakhs of rupees. The ground water is tremendously increased in these 2 villages because of this simple activity along with harvesting water through some more water harvesting measures

Promotion of SRI:

Our Organisation is promoting SRI system to reduce (50%) the consumption of water usage for paddy cultivation . Some individual farmers are successfully producing paddy in SRI method. They are not only saving the water but also producing 30% more yield in the crop as well as in the fodder.