2015 Nobel Prize for Water- India won!

Rajendra Singh, environmental activist based in Rajasthan, has been conferred the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize(known as Nobel Prize for Water) this year for his innovative Rain water harvesting efforts. Congratulations, Rajendra Singh and zindabad!

  • He built 8,600 Rain Water Harvesting(RWH) structures
  • He revived 5 rivers in Rajasthan.
  • He brought water to 1,000 villages
  • He is known as Modern day Gandhi or Water Man of India

Prize announced –>http://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/laureates/2015-2/

You can watch CNN documentary about his work here

More here http://www.hydratelife.org/?page_id=935

Commodity prices comparision (2014 vs 2015)

Here are the prices of various commodities in Chenna. Most other markets probably reflects similar trend. (Source : http://www.thehindu.com/business/markets/article6561122.ece)

Commodity Quantity Now Year ago % Change
Beans 1 kg 40 47 -14.89%
Red Chillies 1 kg 120 140 -14.29%
Grapes 1 kg 60 70 -14.29%
Gingelly Oil 1 ltr 165 185 -10.81%
Potato 1 kg 28 29 -3.45%
Sweet Lime 1 kg 49 50 -2.00%
Atta 1 kg 42 42 0.00%
Rava 1 kg 52 52 0.00%
Table Salt 1 kg 12 12 0.00%
Ghee 1 kg 450 450 0.00%
Coffee 50 g 77 77 0.00%
Tea 100 g 42 42 0.00%
Rice 1 kg 55 54 1.85%
Channa 1 kg 80 78 2.56%
Apple 1 kg 175 170 2.94%
Refined Oil 1 ltr 172 167 2.99%
Health drink 500 g 184 177 3.95%
Mustard 100 g 9 8.5 5.88%
Pumpkin 1 kg 18 17 5.88%
Banana 1 kg 35 33 6.06%
Tamarind 1 kg 120 110 9.09%
Sugar 1 kg 44 40 10.00%
Urad Dal 1 kg 92 82 12.20%
Cauliflower 1 kg 34 30 13.33%
Brinjal 1 kg 23 20 15.00%
Tur Dal 1 kg 98 84 16.67%
Garlic 1 kg 110 90 22.22%
Beetroot 1 kg 24 19 26.32%
Dhania 1 kg 165 125 32.00%
Milk 500 ml 19 14 35.71%
Onion (big) 1 kg 26 18 44.44%
Drumstick 1 kg 43 29 48.28%
Carrot 1 kg 60 38 57.89%
Cabbage 1 kg 24 15 60.00%
Tomato 1 kg 25 15 66.67%

Sowing & Harvesting Seasons of Priciple Crops in India

Crops Season Sowing Harvesting
Rice Autumn March – Aug. June – Dec.
Winter June – Oct. Nov. – April
Summer Nov. – Feb. March – June
Jowar Kharif April – August Sept. – Jan.
Rabi Sept. – Dec. Jan. – April
Bajra June – Aug. Sept. – Dec.
Maize Kharif June – Aug. Aug. – Nov.
Rabi Oct. – Dec. Jan. – April  
Wheat Sept. – Dec. Feb. – May
Gram Sept – Dec. Feb. – May
Potato  (Winter) Aug. – Dec. Jan. – May
(Summer) Feb. – July Jan. – May
Sugarcane Dec. – May Oct. – Apr.
Tobacco July – Dec. Jan. – May
Groundnut May – Aug. Sept. – Jan.
Cotton Mar. – Sept. Sept. – Apr.
Jute Feb. – July July. – Nov.

Solar Pump Bank Subsidy- New Scheme-2015

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  • Read this carefully....https://natgrp.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/nabard-operational-guidelines-of-solar-water-pumping-programme.pdf
  • The scheme is effective from 3 November 2014
  • The scheme involves provision of loans by all types of banks in your area and NABARD. Repayment will be in 10 years
  • 30,000 pumps all over India. Statewise breakup is given in first document
  • The subsidy offered by the NABARD is a minimum of Rs. 50,000 and a maximum of up to Rs. 1.94 lakh for each system based on its capacity
  • Solar pumping system upto 10 HP are eligible for subsidy under the scheme
  • Only manufacturers(check 2 links below) approved by MNRE, GoI can participate in the scheme
  • http://www.mnre.gov.in/file-manager/offgrid-solar-schemes/swp-statewise.pdf
  • http://mnre.gov.in/file-manager/UserFiles/manufactures_nabard_pump.pdf

How to check slope of your agri land?

In order for you to plan for water harvesting,you need to know lowest point in your land and slope direction of your land to layout water channel.

  • One way is to engage civil engineer to do contour survey but most of the time you won’t get techie people in village.
  • Another way is to walk up to your field right at the moment of intense rainfall to see where water is heading to?
  • Yet another way is to check water logging spots after rainfall but it won’t tell you how to plan feeding channels

Never worry. You can be a civil engineer and plan yourself from anywhere in the world (With Google pro free trial membership for 7 days)

  • Download Goog Earth Professional
  • On your left enable “Terrain” option
  • Search your farm location and save it
  • On top middle menu,choose “Clock” to choose best satellite acquisition picture(I had cloud covered picture for mine so I chose dec 2013 picture)
  • On top middle menu,choose “Ruler” and go to “Path” tab,enable “show elevation profile”
  • Start clicking on the map to mark your land boundary
  • Bottom chart shows elevation profile of each line and slope %
  • You can also go to “Polygon” tab to measure your land area in acre/hectare size accurately.

Contour

The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

Very inspiring TED talk on water harvesting. In this talk Mishra explores and expounds on the various ways that indigenous Indians harvest water with wells, filter ponds and catchment systems in Golden dessert of Rajastan which only receives 9 inches of rainfall.  It’s possible to get water from just about anywhere, and that’s reassuring!

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page

 

Tatkal EB Power Connection – Gujarat

In a bid to satisfy farmers’ growing demand for power connections , Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had announced tatkal scheme in Nov’13. Under the new immediate power connection scheme, applicants will have to bear 80 per cent of the power connection costs(1 time) and will also have to adopt drip irrigation technique. Very innovative method and it forces farmer to minimize over pumping of ground water.

Read circular. http://www.pgvcl.com/IMPORTANT%20CIRCULARS/Tatkal-13.pdf