Brimming Ponds, Abundant Harvests
“I had never imagined that I would get to see so much water here in my lifetime”,
exclaims farmer Amarsangh Bhikubha in awe as he stands admiring the sight of a pond
that once lay barren.
The brimming pond in Jakhar is one of the several water bodies brought back to life as a result of intensive water management interventions done in Jakhar and its neighbouring villages. Jakhar is among the coastal villages of Jamnagar district that have been facing high salinity in their water and soil since decades. Amarsangh, like many others, harvested a single seasonal crop a year on his rain-fed land of 10 bighas before the ‘cut-off trenching activity’ in the pond. As a consequence of Nayara Energy's rigorous assessments and strategic interventions for water resource management, the storage capacity of the pond and other water bodies increased leading to better irrigation, more crops per year and considerable increase in the crop yield. He saw an increase in the annual yield of cotton from 300 kg to 440 kg and his profit grew significantly from ₹87,000 to ₹1.72 lakhs in two years.