Participants trained through lectures and field visitsSoftware developed for computing cost of the project
BELLARY: The training programme on "engineering measures in watershed development projects", concluded here on Wednesday. It was organised by Bellary-based Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute in collaboration with Action for Food Production, a leading NGO.
Members of various NGOs in Andhra Pradesh, including Cudapah and Mehaboob Nagar, were trained through lectures and field visits. The participants were mostly graduates and diploma holders in engineering, working on the field holding the rank of officials.
The participants can now provide consultancy services to farmers on preparing and implementing watershed projects so as to reap maximum benefits.
The institute has developed software, which will give details of costs, quantity of materials required for constructing a watershed project and its extent of coverage instantly.
The training also covered topics such as geo-information systems and remote sensing in watershed planning and management, roof water harvesting and land survey.
R. Sundar, deputy general manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, felt that such training programmes should be held all over the State.
More people could be benefited with the research and the software developed for carrying out various soil and water conservation activities, he said.
D.V. Ramana Rao, assistant general manager NABARD, exhorted the trainees to utilise the opportunities provided by NABARD and the institute.
P.K. Mishra, head of the institute welcomed the gathering and gave details of the training programme. N. Loganandhan, officer in-charge (training) proposed a vote of thanks.