Watershed Development Department is implementing Karnataka Watershed Development Project-II (Sujala-III) from 2013-14 with the World Bank assistance with the allocation of Rs.412.59 crores (revised). The project is being implemented in the selected 2531 micro watersheds located in 11 project districts viz., Bidar, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, Vijayapura, Gadag, Davangere, Tumkur and Chamarajanagara. Out of the total project cost, 70% is the World Bank loan and 30% is the State Government fund and Rs.95.00 crores has been allocated to Horticulture component which is being implemented by the Department of Horticulture. The project period is upto December 2019.
The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to demonstrate more effective watershed management through greater integration of programmes related to rainfed agriculture, innovative and science based approaches, and strengthened institutions and capacities of stakeholders at different levels.
The project has following major 5 components :
Improved Program Integration in Rainfed Areas: This unit demonstrates the successful integration of programs in watershed development, using a science-based approach in project areas.
Research, Development and innovation: To enhance practical knowledge in integrated watershed management by supporting research and development activities.
Institutional Strengthening: Strengthening of the institutions and capacity building of the project stakeholders to improve effective delivery of services for integrated watershed management.
Strengthening Horticulture: Strengthening the knowledge base regarding horticulture potential in rainfed areas, and demonstrate and build the capacity of institutions and communities to improve production and value addition of horticulture in project areas.
Project Management and Coordination: It would ensure effective and efficient project management and would provide incremental support to Watershed Development Department for project implementation.
Project partner institutes:
Following 15 project partner institutes have been identified and engaged to implement the project activities by signing the MoU / contracts.
- National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSSLUP), Bangalore
- Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
- University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
- University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
- University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur
- University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot
- University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga.
- Karnataka State Remote Sensing and Applications Centre (KSRSAC), Bangalore
- Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell (KSNDMC), Bangalore
- Karnataka Veterinary Animals and Fisheries Science University (KVAFSU), Bidar
- International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad
- National Centre for Excellence of RSETIs (NACER)
- Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, (ICAR-IIS&WC), Bellary.
- The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Bangalore
- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Bangalore
The project aims at providing scientific planning tools through generation of data of Land Resource Inventory (LRI), Hydrological Studies, Baseline studies, weather data etc., to enable institutions to develop more accurate participatory micro-watershed plans for effective implementation of watershed development projects and for establishment of Digital Library (DL), Decision Support System (DSS) and Land Resource Inventory Portal, for Agriculture development and benefit of farmers and exchange of information for better planning, implementation and integration of the schemes of various land related departments. DL, DSS & LRI Portal are established by a selected agency.
The NBSS&LUP has been assigned the role of lead project partner for LRI activity, to coordinate among the State Agricultural and Horticultural Universities. Under LRI Soil profile studies, analysis of soil samples and soil fertility are studied and micro-watershed atlases are prepared. State Agricultural and Horticultural Universities have taken up the hydrological studies in the selected 14 model micro-watersheds under the guidance of IISc. The data collected at specific intervals on ground water fluctuation, analysis of soil moisture, monitoring of wells for well yield, analysis of water samples etc. studies and maps are generated. Baseline studies are taken up to collect the socio-economic data of the project area.
KSRSAC, Bangalore assigned with the task of supplying satellite imageries to the partners and the KSNDMC provides the climate and weather data of the project area. IIS&WC Bellary institute has taken-up the technical monitoring and evaluation of the project. The third party Monitoring and Evaluation is taken up by M/s. The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), village level trainings on project activities are taken up by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) and the National Centre for Excellence of RSETIs (NACER) is assigned with the task of organizing trainings on income generating activities to SHG members.
Saturation of watersheds by utilizing scientific inputs generated under project is implemented in all 11 project districts in the selected watersheds. Other activities of the project include research and development, institutional development and capacity building of the project stakeholders and beneficiaries, productivity enhancement of the agricultural and horticultural crops, animal husbandry and fisheries development activities etc.