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Tensiometers in Punjab

by | 2.20.2013 at 10:27am | 1 Comment
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So far, tensiometers have been tested in four central districts of Punjab, initially with more than 500 farmers the first year, and then peaking with an additional 4,500 farmers in 2011 before testing was scaled back. Data showed, on average, a 30 percent reduction in the water used in the test plots when compared with the standard practices employed in the control plots.

Water-Saving Project in Punjab, India Reaches Out to Farmers Through Cooperatives

by | 5.20.2011 at 9:15am | 2 Comments
Dr. Rajinder Sidhu, center with glasses, and collegue Dr. Kamal Vatta, standing, explain how tensiometers work during a meeting with a local Cooperative Society of farmers.  The tensiometer, which Dr. Vatta is holding, is a simple, low-tech way to tell when the soil needs water and when it doesn't.

After working with over 500 farmers last year to conduct a field experiment on the use of tensiometers to reduce irrigation in rice fields, this year they will be working with about 5,000. As part of this expansion, our program partners at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are working with Cooperative Societies, a network of which reaches some 3,000 villages in the state.

‘Small is Also Beautiful’ – Appropriate Technology Cuts Rice Farmers’ Water Use by 30 Percent in Punjab, India

by | 11.17.2010 at 9:31am | 8 Comments
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Since the 1960s, farmers in Punjab, India have practiced some of the most intensive broad scale grain production in the world. As a result, the state has earned the nickname “the food bowl of India” for its out sized role in adopting and implementing Green Revolution technologies that in the last decades of the 20th [...]

Punjab Farmers Adapt to Shrinking Water Supply

by | 4.9.2010 at 12:17pm

Often referred to as the granary of India, Punjab is now slowly drying out. And though many farmers are deeply worried over the prospects of producing enough food, some of the more entrepreneurial ones are adopting new ways to conserve water while bracing for what will be a drier future. Back in the 1970s India [...]

Punjab Water Day 2010

by | 4.2.2010 at 3:09pm

On March 20, the Columbia Water Center and the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) celebrated Punjab Water Day. Don’t be looking for a water slide or balloons or information booths. This was a recognition of the seriousness of the water crisis in Punjab, and of the commitment to find solutions.

Punjab Farmers Adapt to Shrinking Water Supply

by | 2.17.2010 at 11:04am

Often referred to as the granary of India, Punjab is now slowly drying out. And though many farmers are deeply worried over the prospects of producing enough food, some of the more entrepreneurial ones are adopting new ways to conserve water while bracing for what will be a drier future. Back in the 1970s India [...]

Punjab Farmers Adapt to Shrinking Water Supply

by | 2.16.2010 at 3:08pm
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Driving through Punjab in early February, the green of newly sprouted wheat is all around. Trenches in between rows of stalks are being dug and linked to larger conduits where the water is flowing. Nearby an electric generator hums as water is pumped from 100 feet below. As the season goes, so does the water and herein lies the problem; the groundwater is not being replenished fast enough to match the needs of farming water intensive crops like rice and wheat.

Punjab: Less Water, More Money (Part 3)

by | 10.27.2009 at 1:04pm | 3 Comments

In previous weeks, I began the story of declining groundwater tables in India. In the first post, I talked about the current system of subsidized energy, the need to change it, and the willingness of farmers to adapt to such changes. The second post talked about the possible benefits and methods of direct seeding for [...]

Punjab: Less Water, More Money (Part 2)

by | 10.20.2009 at 1:42pm | 3 Comments

Last week, I began the story of declining groundwater tables in India. I talked about the current system of subsidized energy, the need to change it, and the willingness of farmers to adapt to such changes. Even before changing the irrigation in the crop’s lifecycle, however, an initial step that farmers can take starts with [...]

Punjab: Less Water, More Money (Part 1)

by | 10.13.2009 at 3:16pm | 3 Comments

In an earlier blog, I highlighted the story of declining groundwater in many parts of India. This story is one of agricultural intensification and widespread groundwater pumping, facilitated by highly subsidized or free electricity. As the Government of India sought food security for the nation, it promoted the procurement of rice and wheat from the [...]