• Samuha, INGRID, OUTREACH and Samarasa in Bidar, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary districts
  • Foundation for Ecological Security in Chikkaballapur, Kolar districts

The Samuha network identifies the following as the Key features of its engagement with MGNREGA, particularly regarding planning and implementation of works:

  • Over three years it has raised Rs 2.44 crore in public resources.
  • The intervention helped 1,349 farmers in drought-proofing their land.
  • Around 3419 acres have been made more productive.
  • SAMUHA has been promoting the Trench-cum-Bund (TcB) as an innovative soil and moisture conservation model. Each TCB has a holding capacity of 540 litres of water and conserves 2 tonnes of mud (over the year). A success has been the approval of the district MGNREGA authorities to accept the TcB as an approved MGNREGA work. The TcB has been the main driver for developing private lands under MGNREGA norms 
  • In its working area SAMUHA was successful in incorporating TCB in the action plan of all the seven panchayats of Deodurga taluka of Raichur districts and five Gram Panchayats in Gangavathi taluka of Koppal district. Through sharing and demonstration of this model, farmers in these villages as well as other villages are showing interest in taking up this work in their lands. An example is in Nagoli village, where a patch of 27 acres was barren and one of the land holders has come forward to make TcB in his land. After that the land has been brought under cultivation fully and this year he has got 4 quintal tuar dal in his portion of land.


Construction of bund for Chandegutta was undertaken under NREGA in 2006. As a result of the elevated bund, water holding capacity of the bund increased and water accumulated making it available even in summer.

Amaresh s/o Konappa, a beneficiary of village Kurlerdoddi.

Amaresh s/o Konappa is a beneficiary of village Kurlerdoddi. Farmers in the nearby fields are excited sharing the experience of Amaresh. This year they have noticed that 7 borewells in their fields are functioning again and thattoo in summer. Several borewells in Kurlerdoddi and Dyamanadoddi villages which have been dysfunctional for the past 3 years are functioning again.

In Rekalamardi village of Deodurga Block, Basavaraj and Rangappa Timmappa left their land barren for well over 5 years. Under Samuha’s intervention, TCBs were constructed on their land and the farmers have once again begun cultivation of land which they had led barren. In Malledevegudda village farmer Hanumantha Budeppa, who has not cultivated his land is now growing crops after the TCB programme was implemented. Ramachandra and Hanumanthray and Govindayya had planned to go Bangalore with their children. After this programme the family has not migrated from its villages.

  • The Samuha team has organized a community monitoring structure with group of representatives of labour groups to monitor the land development activities. As part of this, land maps were drawn in 7 villages and the works have been identified in that map. The labour group will monitor these identified works.
Resource map on the wall - depicting the identiied works under NREGS

Resource map on the wall – depicting the identiied works under NREGS

    • Another focus area of Samuha is social forestry, which complements land and water conservation activities. 20% of the budget has been earmarked for planting forestry species on bunds. If Government or Gairana land is available then, land development activities could be implemented to the maximum.
    • The major achievement in the work area of the partners is that the concerned Gram Panchyats have leveraged significant amount for the MGNREGA work on land development through TcBs. In the year 2007-08 the total amount allocated was Rs.16 lakh and by the year 2009-10 this increased to around Rs.7 crores, .of which Rs.4.2 crores of work was completed, and in that the NRM related budget was around 2.2 crores.
Preparing compost for increasing soil fertility

Preparing compost for increasing soil fertility

  • Samuha was recognized as a resource agency in this aspect and the Zilla panchayat invited to conduct training to the program implementation machinery in including TCB and water and land development activities in the action plan.
  • Samuha has also promoted as a pilot intervention, the preparation of compost in the farms. With the facilitation of Samuha, Narsappa from Bhumangunda Village is preparing compost in his village and using this in his own land. Around 200 kg of compost can be obtained from these pits. It is a very important cycle for the compost preparation.

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