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In the backdrop of growing population in the State with consequent demand for ever increasing food, it was strongly felt for bringing large tracts of rainfed dryland under Watershed sytem to increase the productivity of land. In this process, modern technology is used for conservation of soil and water and increasing the productivity of soil by way of checking soil erosion. With this sole aim, Four Dry Land Development Boards were established in 1984 under the Divisional Commissioners under whom there were 18 Project Directors implementing watersheds in various parts of the State. There was a State Watershed Development Programme Cell headed by a Director, who was co-ordinating these 19 Project Directors in the State. Under this system, 2153459 hects. were developed in the last two decades in the State. It is proposed that balance area that remains to be developed will be developed in phases in next 20 years.

National Watershed Programme for Rainfed Areas
River Valley Project
Drought Prone Area Development Programme
Desert  Development Programme
Integrated Wasteland Development Programme
Western Ghats Development Programme
Karnataka Watershed Development Project
NABARD Assisted Watershed Development Project
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