Jammu Tawi, December 7
Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKAUST) Jammu organised a one day exposure visit of around 55 students to NABARD assisted Watershed Development Project in Mohargarh panchayat of District Samba. The exposure visit was organised to enable the student community to have first hand experience of watershed development and have an on sight view of the various area treatments and drainage line treatments undertaken. The students saw the various treatments like farm bunding, stone gully plugs, staggered contour trenches, check dams etc. undertaken in the area for preservation of water.
The visit was arranged by the DDM, NABARD, Surinder Singh with the support of Kristu Jyoti Social Welfare Society Samba which is the project implementing agency for this NABARD assisted project. Singh apprised students that NABARD has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 127.30 lakhs for treating more than 1000 hactares of land comprising of seven villages of panchayat Mohargarh under this watershed development project. The entire project aims at soil and water conservation measures and is implemented by the Village Watershed Committee in close coordination with Project Implementing Agency.
Later, the students had interaction with members of Self Help Groups promoted under watershed plus activities of the project. The students learnt about the importance of Self Help Groups in empowerment of rural women and how these groups are acting as micro banks at gross root level.