THE WORLD BANK-AIDED Sodic Land Reclamation Project got the thumbs up from a WB team on Monday. World Bank task leader Paul Siddhu said the project had ensured fertility of the land in question and made the beneficiaries happy.
He was leading a group of World Bank representatives who were here to review the project and assess its impact.
The World Bank mission members are senior social development specialist Varalaxmi, environmental specialist Ranjan Samantray, procurement specialist D G Baxi, road specialist Ashok Kumar, drainage specialist Shyam Ranjitkar and financial management specialist Papia Bhattacharya.
The mission members held a meeting with Agriculture Production Commissioner Anis Ansari and UP Bhumi Sudhar Nigam managing director Monika Garg, the principal secretary (Agriculture), the principal secretary (Irrigation), the principal secretary (PWD), the principal secretary (Panchayat), the director general, UPCAR and the director, RSAC.
The mission members visited 12 project villages in Rae Bareli, Sultanpur and Hardoi. The beneficiaries told mission members they were getting more yield from reclaimed land. Under the second phase of the project, 1,89,00 ha of land has been reclaimed in 22 districts. A feature of the project is its focus on poverty alleviation. Almost 22% of the farmers are small and marginal. Eighty per cent of them belong to the SC/ST and Other Backward Classes.