Punjab

Punjab is known as the food bowl of India. With just 1.5 per cent of the geographical area of India, the state produces 18 per cent wheat; 10 per cent rice and 7 per cent cotton. Intensive agriculture has led to severe groundwater depletion.

More than 80 per cent of the blocks have over-exploited their groundwater resource. Groundwater table is falling at the rate of 70 cm per year. The state’s power subsidy bill is increasing at an alarming rate.

Intervention Areas


Amritsar | Barnala | Jalandhar | Kapurthala | Ludhiana | Moga | Patiala | Sangrur | Tarn Taran

Partners

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) | Field Fresh Foods Pvt. Ltd.


Intervention and outcomes

Promoted the use of tensiometer for irrigation scheduling in paddy with 13,000 farmers since 2009

» Around 3 billion litres of water and 200,000 units of power saved
» Developing soil moisture sensor for irrigation scheduling
» Developed an interactive decision support system for farmers to ensure
   rational usage of inputs
» Developed mobile application for application of nitrogenous fertilizers
» Use of mobile messaging system for information dissemination

 

Contact Details
Centers for International Projects Trust,
910-911, Pragati Towers, Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008, India
Tel. + 91 11 40565989      Email: director@cipt.in