Community-driven efforts for sustainable management and creation of water resources. Project Srijal with Sir Syed Trust in Derabassi (Punjab) is a forthcoming program which aims to increase water availability and agricultural productivity for 9,000 farmers across 12 villages. The program will cover SDG target 6.5 by creating over 100 million liters in water recharge potential through 15 farm ponds, 10 check dams, 5 rainwater harvesting systems, 3 injection wells and 2 earthen dams. For increasing water use efficiency as per SDG target 6.4 in agriculture, 10 sprinkler systems installed for farmers.
Additionally, levelling of 50 hectares of wasteland and demonstration of improved agriculture techniques & practices to increase production. The program will leverage itself on a strong community engagement component which would include formation & capacity building of Jal four Prabandhan Samitis for sustainable management of drinking water resources, creation of 5 Organic Farmer Groups for aggregation and sale of produce. Apart from this 30 Training sessions on SRI cultivations will e undertaken. 15 Community Resource Persons including Krishi Sakhis and Jal Sakhis will be trained and deployed across the villages to liaison with diverse groups, gram panchayats, households and individuals to promote water saving technologies to reduce pressure on ground water table and g, best practices and crops that require lesser water for irrigation.