Desilting of tanks and reservoirs for optimising the collection and retention of monsoon rains: Prof M S Swaminathan
June 10, 2016: The Telangana Government deserves appreciation on launching ‘Mission Kakatiya’ for desilting tanks and reservoirs in order to increase rain water harvesting and holding capacity. Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have large areas under irrigation from tanks, wells and reservoirs. Therefore there used to be a custom in Tamil Nadu, known as kudi marammat (community maintenance) for desilting local tanks prior to the monsoon. This helped farmers to get the maximum benefit from the rainfall. This kind of community cooperation coupled with equitable sharing of the available water resources, went a long way in mitigating the adverse impact of drought. Precious cattle can also be saved by reviving special water tanks for the animals. These were common practices during my childhood, growing up in Kumbakonam. These vanishing practices need to be revived as part of our climate change management policies. Just as Telangana has launched ‘Mission Kakatiya’, Tamil Nadu should launch a similar ‘Mission Kudi Marammat’.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.