IMPACT OF IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT ON INCOME AND EMPLOYMENT OF MEMBERS OF WATER USERS’ ASSOCIATIONS OF PURI DISTRICT, ODISHA
Author(s):
Dr Kailash Chandra Mishra
Keywords:
Agricultural Development, Employment, Income, Puri District, Water Users’ Association,
Abstract
The water users Association have emerged as a powerful instrument for agricultural development. Especially, the WUAs in Puri District have brought the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups into the realm of development through the provision of water and other inputs. The beneficiaries of these groups have been able to generate additional income and employment by utilising the water efficiently. In fact, the state Government, irrigation department and NGOs have helped in promoting WUAs with a view to making the WUA movement effective and vibrant. Unless these functionaries serve the rural farmers with strong urge and devotion, the purpose of agricultural development through WUAs will be defeated. It is therefore imperative to take a holistic approach to bring about farmer participation which will in turn foster agricultural development of the country. Thus, it is suggested that provision of adequate and timely supply of water, sufficient infrastructure, capacity building and skill up-gradation, creation of adequate marketing facilities, effective supervision and monitoring of water utilisation, strong political will and inspection of the end use of the water will not only foster agricultural development but also go a long way in attaining inclusive growth in India.
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Unique Paper ID: 158832

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 10

Page(s): 905 - 912
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