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Watershed development programmes: an evaluation and its impact in India

Author Affiliations

  • 1JAU, Junagadh, India
  • 2JAU, Junagadh, India
  • 3JAU, Junagadh, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (2), Pages 5-17, February,14 (2017)


The study is concerned with the watershed development programme evaluation and their impact in India. The study examines the evaluation and the affect of WDPs on various field activities across different states in India. In the present study the total method has been used for watershed programme evaluation. It has been seen that in most of the regions the land use pattern was increased and there was a net raise in the irrigation sources due to increase in the deep drainage or deep drainage through water disambiguation. In comparision with the methods for assessment of impact of watershed programmes, the economic surplus method showed a positive effect and this method seems to have more advantage compared to other methods. It has been concluded that the more wasteland was converted for efficient use by the farmers and the better utilization of land has helped the farmers to increase the intensification of agriculture and thus improve the agricultural production. For the success of the programme the community participation should be effective and it results in better employment opportunities to the people.


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