Project on groundwater use launched

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 17, 2014-

Irrigation Minister Narayan Prakash Saud and Australian Ambassador to Nepal Glenn White jointly inaugurated a four-year research project on sustainable use of ground and surface water on Wednesday.

The Rs 200 million project will be launched in six districts of the Eastern Indo Gangetic Plains (E-IGP) which includes two districts in the eastern Tarai in Nepal and two each in the Indian States of Bihar and West Bengal.

“Access to water for irrigation during the dry season is expected to enhance agricultural productivity and improve incomes and food security,” White said.

The E-IGP is one of the most densely populated and poverty stricken belts in South Asia.

Due to various problems, farmers have been unable to make optimal use of groundwater and pond water. As a result, large area of land in the region remains fallow during the dry season.

Titled ‘Improving water use for dry season agriculture by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plain,’ the project will analyse key constraints and opportunities for conjunctive and sustainable use of groundwater and surface water, according to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu.

The project is led by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and supported by the Department of Irrigation, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute and Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Scientists and development practitioners from Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh and India participated in the inception meeting to formulate an integrated implementation plan.

Published: 18-09-2014 09:20

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