Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Farmers in Punjab continue to follow the unsustainable paddy-wheat cycle in cultivation despite awareness of its impact on ground water. Absence of water savings practices, access to water saving technologies and incentives to diversify their crop mix has pushed farmers into making unviable choices. Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT) and Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) is implementing a project to seek solutions for responsible water use and long-term viability of agriculture in Punjab. The project aims to work with Punjab’s robust farmer cooperatives to promote digital water measurement solutions for efficient paddy-wheat cultivation; financial tools to track input costs with optimum water use and economic tools to trigger large scale adoption of conscious water practices.
Purpose of research study:
Punjab is known as India’s grain basket as it produces 20% of India’s wheat and 9% of India’s rice1 with only 1.57% of geographical area. The state’s contribution to the central pool is significant as it provides 60% of wheat and 40% of rice to the pool.In the 3 decades since 1980, Punjab witnessed a spectacular increase in agricultural production focussed on paddy-wheat cropping system helping the country achieve food sufficiency.
Scope of work
The purpose of the proposed study is to map Punjab’s water sources for agriculture and create cogent predictive scenarios for:
Water: Today and Future
Role of Incentives and Allocations in current water, crop choices
The proposed study must deliver clear data driven scenarios for the state and districts:
The intended time frame for the entire study is a maximum of 6 months (August 30, 2020). The agency will be expected to share their preliminary findings (first draft) by August 15, 2020 and final report by August 30, 2020. The agency will be solely responsible for managing the assignment, data collection and coordination with different agency in Punjab.