Increasing Rain Water Storage Capacity

Agriculture in India is primarily based on the onset of monsoons and adequate rainfall. With changing monsoon patterns and frequent droughts, farmers greatly depend on surface and ground water for their irrigation needs. Thus, old irrigation tanks in villages emerge as a crucial source of water.

However, the deposit of silt at the bottom of the tanks over the years significantly reduced the storage capacity of these tanks while preventing the recharge of ground water tables. Identifying this problem, Bala Vikasa initiated the Tank-Desiltation activities along with supplying silt to farmers to improve food production and also contribute to environmental conservation.

The excavated silt, an organic nutrient-rich soil, known for its manure-like capability to optimize crop production,has been transported by thousands of farmers and has been utilised in a sizeable number of agricultural lands. This has been another strong way in which Bala Vikasa is reaffirming its commitment to preserve the environment and maintain ecological balance for the past two decades




Committees Trained


Tractor Loads Of
Silt Excavated


Applied with Silt

Program Impact

Thousands of farmers have benefited from increased storage capacities of tanks and improved moisture holding capacities of fields which greatly increased the overall net income of farmers