Through Reliance Foundation (RF), Nita Ambani has constantly served people in the form of Disaster Relief, Rural Development, Healthcare, Urban Renewal, etc. And again RF has tried to help and revive drought prone
areas across country. Maharashtra is already known for its farm crisis and reports the highest number of farmer’s suicides in the country. The drought — brought on by a delayed and inadequate monsoon — is set to deepen the distress for its cultivators. It comes close on the heels of the crop distress wreaked by the hailstorms last year which hit cultivators hard.
Data with the agriculture department shows that two-thirds of the state’s 1.37 crore farmers have been affected by the drought which has impacted mainly the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions. These areas have historically been the most deprived in the state. In the villages of Suppakhalsa, Dhebewadi, Limbewadi, Pandhargaon and Gunjegaon, the primary problem was the undulating topography, which caused 80-90 per cent of the rainwater to run off. Not only did this lower the water table, it also washed away the soil, along with surface nutrients. Nita Ambani led Reliance Foundation has started promoting water conservation by building and renovating water-harvesting structures across 12 states in India, with the aim of meeting household, irrigation and livestock requirements.
Reliance Foundation’s Water Harvesting Measures:
Nita Ambani’s RF team which was working in the region to support parched communities, built trenches and farm ponds on the land to conserve rainwater and minimize run-off. In no time, the water table rose. More and more crops started surviving the searing heat, getting enough moisture to grow. Thanks to RF’s interventions, the land’s productivity increased by 25-30 per cent. The RF team also renovated and de-silted many existing water storage structures, which provided water for irrigation at a time when it was critical. Reliance Foundation (RF) has been supporting the community for a long time and empowering villagers and organizing them into Village Associations (VAs). Working through the VAs, RF has sensitized villagers on water conservation, training them and conducting exposure visits to water-secure villages. With the community realizing the significance of rainwater conservation, RF has trained locals on techniques that can be leveraged to harvest water. Nita Ambani’s team has also supported the construction of different water harvesting structures, roping in the support of villagers. Even as local communities struggle with water scarcity in the region, these water-secure villages stand out like an oasis in Marathwada.
Reliance Foundation’s Measures in Different Regions:
Nita Ambani led Reliance Foundation has worked in various states across country ranging from Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, etc. Residents of Dhankurali, a hamlet in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, struggled to source water for drinking and irrigation, even though it was it just a kilometre away from a perennial water source. To address this issue, Reliance Foundation (RF) supported the construction of a ferro-cement water tank in the village. In a massive revival project at Aurangabad, Maharashtra that touched the lives of 14,000 people and helped irrigate 2,500 acres of farm land across five villages, a 5-km stretch of the Sona River was de-silted and dredged. Nita Ambani led Reliance Foundation has successfully implemented water-harvesting initiatives and sustainable agricultural practices have transformed life in Muddada Jogivalasa village in Rajam, Andhra Pradesh, paving the way for water security.
Nita Ambani led Reliance Foundation has improved lives of many farmers across India. And Reliance Foundation will continue to serve many more lives.