Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) a non-profit organisation has initiated a new watershed development project in 10 villages of Aurad block in Bidar district of Karnataka. It aims at holistic development of the villages through watershed development, skill training programmes, and leveraging agro-based livelihoods for creating diversified sources of income for rural communities. With this new development, WOTR has expanded its footprint to the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Currently, it has projects in eight states of India namely Maharashtra, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Supported by Wells Fargo International Solutions, the new project is focused on improving farm-based livelihoods through the watershed development approach. The project is scheduled for three years and the activities which form a part of the project include area treatment, drainage line treatment, promotion of water-saving technologies, soil testing, promotion of CRA practices and agri-allied livelihood activities in the selected 10 villages of Bidar district.
Briefing about the project, Prakash Keskar, Executive Director, Watershed Organisation Trust said, “Our foray into Karnataka is based on the ground research and need assessments of the villages selected and the region at large. Conserving and strengthening the ecosystem to address the pressing issues faced by the village will form the crux of the project implementation. We are grateful to Wells Fargo, which shares the common vision for a poverty-free rural India.”
Speaking on the project, Arindam Banerrji, Managing Director, Wells Fargo India & Philippines said, “Wells Fargo focuses on the inclusive and sustainable growth of communities in the regions where we work. Strengthening economic opportunities while also being environmentally sustainable has been a key focus of all our social interventions. WOTR’s strength of implementation in both these areas makes them a natural fit for this project.”
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