Umbrella Programme for Natural Resource Management

“Umbrella Programme for Natural Resource Management” (UPNRM)

Besides making the water available for irrigation it is also very important to help the community for managing its judicious use. This could be attainted with the promotion of micro irrigation systems i.e. sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. The farmers find it difficult to purchase the systems without any financial support.

The main purpose of the project is to raise financial support to small and marginal farmers to increase productivity in agriculture sector by promoting micro-irrigation techniques and solar pump under the head of “Umbrella Programme for Natural Resource Management” (UPNRM) supported by NABARD and Vidharbh Kokan Gramin Bank.

The objective of UPNRM is to demonstrate the viability of loan-based, community owned approaches to natural resource management with strong capacity building support tailored to specific project needs. It is envisaged to achieve this by weaving holistic, participatory and financially sustainable livelihood solutions towards improving the adaptive capacity of the rural farmer.

 

Processes followed

Community meetings were organized to inform them about the project scheme and creating awareness regarding the judicious use of water during irrigation. During meetings the video documentaries were shared and the pamphlets were distributed containing information about the benefits of micro irrigation systems. Interested farmers were helped to drive the benefits of the loan scheme. Their progress was monitored throughout the year through frequent field visits by the representatives of all project stack holders.

Impact

728.5 hectares land of 380 farmers from 117 villages of Samudrapur and Hinganghat taluka was benefited under UPNRM project. 78 farmers had established drip irrigation system over 182.5 hectare of land while 294 farmers are irrigating 546 hectare of land with sprinkler irrigation system. Solar operated pump were established on farms of 8 farmers for demonstrative purpose covering 16 hectares of land under irrigation.