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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Anantapur experiment in 'PRA' training

Somesh Kumar

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Anantapur is a drought prone district of Andhra Pradesh in India. Here the remote sensing technology has been used to identify 16 priority watersheds, each extending to an area approximately 4,000 hectares. Each watershed is looked after by a team consisting of 9 members from various Line Departments such as Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Irrigation, Horticulture, Social Forestry, Fishery, Groundwater Department etc. Some of these teams have a few members overlapping. The watershed programme is implemented by these departments and monitored by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Anantapur. The DRDA has problems in implementation of the programme as well as maintenance of the assets created in already treated watersheds. It also has problems with the co-ordination of various departments involved in the programme to get better and quicker results. So it was decided to train the watershed teams in Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA).

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