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BSN implementing WB-aided project

UP BHUMI Sudhar Nigam (UPBSN) is implementing a World Bank-aided sodic land reclamation project in 17 districts of the state. One of the major objectives of the project is poverty alleviation through sustainable reclamation of the sodic lands and prevention of further increase in sodicity.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 01:27 IST

UP BHUMI Sudhar Nigam (UPBSN) is implementing a World Bank-aided sodic land reclamation project in 17 districts of the state. One of the major objectives of the project is poverty alleviation through sustainable reclamation of the sodic lands and prevention of further increase in sodicity.

The project has adopted participatory approach for its implementation in which the primary stakeholders — the farmers — are directly involved in the decisions related to planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.

Recently, UPBSN Managing Director Monika S Garg presented participatory approaches adopted under UP sodic land reclamation project with a special emphasis on farmers. Emphasis was also laid on extension of the project through Farmers Field School (FFS) and indigenous technical knowledge (ITK) available among the farmers of UP. A delegation of scientists and planners from Malaysia visited UPBSN last month and a delegation from Burkina Faso visited the Nigam this month.

Their aim was to gain experience on lessons learned from best projects and to study effectiveness of Farmers Field Schools and various ITKs. Jaharah and Rashid from SIRIM Malaysia, Emmanuel Nikiema from Burkina Faso and Sidharath Prakash from the World Bank, India visited Rae Bareli and Sultanpur.

First Published: May 07, 2006 01:27 IST