Irrigation Current Affairs

Chhattisgarh wins National Water Digest Award

Chhattisgarh was awarded National Water Digest Award for Water Conservation-Diversion and increasing the irrigation capacity in the state. The award was presented to Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department (CWRD) on the occasion ‘World Forestry Day’ (observed on March 21) in New Delhi.

Key Facts

This is first time that CWRD was given national Award during the past 17 years. Chhattisgarh bagged this award for increasing irrigation capacity, water management -water diversion, water conservation, community participation and efforts towards inter-linking of rivers, better techniques utilized in irrigation facilities.

National Water Digest Award

The Award is presented every year by globally renowned magazine ‘Water Digest’ which focuses mainly on water resources. The award is given in association with Central Water Resources River Development (CWRRD) and Ganga Cleaning Ministry, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Central Water Board (CWB), Central Water Commission (CWC) and Ganga Purification National Mission. The award is recognised by UNESCO.

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Government, World Bank ink loan agreement for Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project

The Union Government, Tamil Nadu Government and World Bank have signed $318 million dollar loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project.

The $318 million loan from World Bank’s lending arm International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has maturity of 19 years with 5-year grace period.

Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project

The project aims to promote climate resilient agriculture technologies, improve water management practices, and increase market opportunities for small and marginal farmers.

It will rehabilitate and modernize about 4,800 irrigation tanks and 477 check dams, spread across 66 sub-basins, in delivering bulk water to irrigation systems. It will benefit about 5 lakh farmers of which majority are small and marginal from improved and modernized tank irrigation systems.

The project will also coordinate with other World Bank-supported projects in Tamil Nadu and at national level, including the Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project, National Groundwater Improvement Project and National Hydrology Project to ensure synergy and enhance long-term project impact.

Significant

This project will help Tamil Nadu to scale up its efforts to unlock full potential of its agriculture sector. It will support farmers from water stressed state to improve efficiency of water used in farming, diversify into high value crops, and produce crops that are resilient to increasing threats of climate change. Such efforts will be a win-win for all, also lead to better use of scarce water resources and raising household incomes of farmers.

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