“Long ago, there was a very big pond in our village which quenched the thirst of our Ancestors and their farmlands. Thus, the village ‘Cherlopalli’ is named after Telugu Meaning of pond. With each passing year, the pond gradually shrank and finally driedup leading to severe draught. Due to no chances for cultivation and no water sources, Numerous farmers started migrating and the village was soon at the edge of extinction.Alarmed at the future of the village, we decided to institute the only hope of our pale fields, The rain water conservation system. We were able to conserve the very few drops of seldom rainfall. Today, as long as you could see, there are green cultivated farmlands,” Says Saharabi, the Chairman of Watershed Committee, Cherlopalli,
The most underdeveloped district in Andhra Pradesh is Anantapur. The rainfall fed villages around Cherlopalli of O.D .C Mandal ceased farming due to water less wellsand bores. As a result, the villages were enduring unemployment and painful migration.
The womenfolk have to go in search of water sources. In order to overcome the draughtpain, the villagers took the support of NABARD and gave a flying start to Water Conservation. MYRADA is a non-government organization started in 1968 working in backward and drought-prone areas, in 18 districts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu . Promoting appropriate Peoples institutions , livelihood activities, management and development of natural resources. To conquer the situation, MYRADA CAMPUS in Kadiri known for its scenic greenery and lush nature hosted NABARD’s workshop on Management of Water Shed program. Many farmers in and around Cherlopalli were given intensive training and demonstration of Water preservation techniques through Model Water Shed System. Farmers completely
Understood that the construction of check dams, farm ponds and Rock-fill dams resultin storage of rain water coming down from hill tops. After the workshop, farmers made a remarkable beginning by installing Water Shed Management system funded by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. The adept technicians guided the farmers in the construction of Earthen Bunds, check walls, contour trenches and Rock-fill dams.Thus, Collective labour resulted in saving rain water at the very fallen place.
The water shed system did not sustain longer due to the un thought trends in the climate currently. The conservation system that was the result of four-year collective work ended up in bad results. NABARD understood the need of new technique in addition to the existing system. This is where KFW project debuted. NABARD with the water shed management committee of 15 farmers under the honorable chairman, Saharabi formed “NABARD KFW CHERLOPALLI WATER SHED COMMITTEE”.
NABARD, KFW ‘s CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PROJECT was successful inInculcating awareness among the farmers on effective irrigation practices and Alternative farming procedures to retain soil fertility and attain environmental balance. The farmers put the practice into action and bagged lightening results. The project Encouraged the villagers’ participation in developing natural and renewable resources.
The unemployed and landless people felt secured with the provision of livelihood Created and migrant farmers were all home. Farmers started cultivation by implementing drip irrigation, sprinklers and rain guns which procure less water and double the output.
As The rainfall blessed the lands this year, cherlopalli reservoir was full of water withthe little rain water sunk into cherlopalli upstream lands here and there. Villages reflected greenery everywhere. KFW SOIL PROJECT curtain raised the consistent livelihood of villagers and revitalized the safety of families and income.
The Cherlopalli Water Shed Committee turned to be a vibrant proof and living paradigm by their collective work and passionate attitude. https://youtu.be/O6ToQckoXTI