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Phad Irrigation – a joint effort by the people of Jamwadi village, IIRD, and Dilasa (18th June 2014)

The PaaniSevikas of Jalna – Sharda, Aruna, and Kavita – spotted the possibility of Phad irrigation in Jamwadi village. The Phad system was introduced to PaaniSevikas and some farmer representatives from the exposure trips to Yavatmal where they had seen the structures done by the villages there with the support of Dilasa. Along with the farmers in the selected area, the land survey was conducted and the Phad irrigation system was completed by mid-June. Now, they eagerly wait for the rains that would fill the check dam and then irrigate their farms without the use of any external energy but only through gravity.

Due to this Phad system, nearly 150 acres of land will be under irrigation. About 20 farmers will benefit through this initiative facilitated by IIRD and technical advice of Dilasa. Now, they are also planning for another a “Doh system” alongside the Phad for recharge of underground water.



Joy Daniel, the Executive Director of IIRD,on a monitoring visit to the location of Phad on 18th June 2014.



World Environment Day Celebration by IIRD in villages in the month of June 2014

On 5th June 2014, IIRD celebrated the world environment day along with the small farmers of Aurangabad district. Farmers meetings were organized by the field workers in different villages. At least, two to three staff from IIRD participated in each of the village programmes. They initially discussed regarding the environment day, its importance and need for the celebration. Then they asked the farmers to form an environment committee in their respective villages, which will help their own village to grow towards environment protection.

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Visit to Abhivyakti Media for Development on 16th April 2014.

Joy Daniel and Dattatraya Deshpande visited Abhivyakti Media for Development organization in Nasik media for one day training. The training was about effective management of accounts in accordance with the norms of European donor organizations and the recent regulatory requirement of the country. Besides, the good governance standards were also reinforced during this training and capacity building initiative.

Native bulls matter in India.

Bulls hoeing the farm
Bulls decorated for Pola festival
Pooja at the Pola festival
Bulls at the race

Life in an Indian village will be boring to say the least if not for the native bulls. Bulls are traditionally used for manure, farm cultivation, and bull races. They play a significant part in festivals too.