I submit that the major challenge in global context, and particulrly in south Indian irrigation sector is equitable distribution of irrigation water to initial,mid and tail reaches of canal network.The situation is so precarious that the farmers in initial and mid reaches let in far more quantity of water than their crops need,thereby spoiling their crop fields. The famers in the tail end receive almost no water,resulting in starving of their crops.
Under such situation, we have come up with a ICT based water allocation model for equitable distribution of agricultural water.The stake holders who were trained in its use feel confident about their participation in the decision making process,and want to know more about such sustainable development tools and experiences worldwide.
May I invite comments from Ms.Indika madam and other dignitories?
2 years 7 months
Thank you for your kind comments. Please excuse me for delay in replying, as I was in fieldwork in a remote village.
The major reason for our success was the realisation by the farmers that, before using the model they were having no voice in choosing how much water they were receiving.But use of the model made them to take informed decisions and they would become assertive while sitting across decision table with water supplying agencies.
Secondly,rostering water for each distributory made the work of water supply engineers easy and exciting(because of use of technology), made them to play with the model by visualising different scenarios of water availabilty and/or water demands.
The important take away from the feedback at the training was that this optimum water allocation would result in ensuring that upper and middle reaches of command areas would be free from water logging and tail end reaches would receive water for the first time.