Why Curse the Clouds for
Construct a Suvarna Krishi Honda.
Store water when
it rains. Use it when needed. Rejuvenate ground water.
Suvarna Krishi Honda for Rejuvenating Ground
Karnataka is predominantly an agrarian State. 80% of
the area depends upon the monsoon for agriculture. Quite often even
the meagre water from the unpredictable rains just drains away.
People resort to digging bore wells indiscriminately resulting in
the gradual depletion of the water table.
If the rain water is prevented from draining away
properly, the ground water table gets recharged and
the crops can get adequate water during critical conditions.
Government of Karnataka has initiated, as a part of the Suvarna
Karnataka Year celebrations, an ambitious programme to encourage the
SC 1 ST and small and marginal farmers, who are solely
dependent on agriculture, to construct a Suvarna Krishi Honda by
providing a maximum subsidy of Rs.9800 per unit.
Recharge and rejuvenate ground
Provide water to people and
animals during drought situations
Improve farmers' economic
conditions by encouraging agricultural
Krishi Honda Dimensions and Cost
village panchayats in 745 blocks coming under 176 taluks of the 27
districts of Karnataka have been brought under the purview of this
Krishi honda of minimum dimension 9 mtr length x 9
width x 3 mtrs depth would be built with
and silt trap.
The project details have been designed in keeping
with the extent of dry lands, rainfall and the farmers'
conditions in each taluk.
A maximum subsidy of Rs.9800 per unit would be
the state government towards the cost of construction
Selection of beneficiaries will
be done by the Watershed Development Department official on the
basis of technical feasibility. While selecting the beneficiaries,
40% have to be SC 1 ST farmers and the balance 60% to be
marginal farmers (owning less than one hectare) and small farmers
(owning less than 2 hectares). The cost of construction exceeding
Rs.9,800 has to be borne by the beneficiary.
How does a
Krishi Honda help a farmer's all-round economic
Stores water preventing it from draining away.
Recharges ground water. Provides a good water source to crops
Farmers can grow horticultural crops such as tamarind,
jack, amla, lime and guava around the krishi honda.
Farmers can also grow Forest
species such as jamun,
teak, silver oak etc.
lmporved varieties of fodder root slips Like signal,
napier, guinea and rhodes could also be cultivated around these
hondas to rovide fodder to the cattle.
Implementation of the
The Watershed Development Department with people's
participation creates awareness about water management, rejuvenation
and recharging of ground water among the villagers and encourage
them to adopt krishi honda in their lands.
Invites applications from the interested farmers
and the selection is done based on technical
Implements the scheme under guidance from the
technical experts of the department and with the
the field level officers. Since the water is constantly stored in
the honda during the monsoon months, farmers can also develop fish
Watershed Development Department
K H B Complex,
Kaveri Bhavan, Bangalore - 560 009
Ph : 080 -
221 2 9601, 221 0 0670