De-silting Minor Irrigation Ponds in South India: The Sustainability of Decentralized Resource Distribution

De-silting Minor Irrigation Ponds in South India: The Sustainability of Decentralized Resource Distribution

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The goal of this project is to marry the traditional with the modern by recycling a renewable resource within farming communities of Telangana state in India. Minor irrigation ponds are man-made banked earth structures used to store rainwater, and have been in use in Telangana for centuries. These ponds have to be de-silted to keep up their water storage capacity, with the silt being applied to agricultural land in place of artificial inputs (fertilizers and pesticides).