Expenditure and income details during pre and post rejuvenation of haweli at Parasai

Shri Rajveer Singh has planted 28 guava and 60 teak along field bunds as long term investment for future. He also initiated lac cultivation on his farm on Butea monosperma trees. Five ber plants on his field were top worked with Banarasi Karaka variety in 2013 and they are producing fruits. So far, he has not marketed them but considers them as priced possession. He obliges farm visitors by offering quality ber fruits. After seeing the quality ber fruits, he top worked his all 95 desi ber trees during 2015 rainy season. His success is an example to other farmers of similar land holding and status. Now, several families are following his path for prosperity, risk proofing and sustainability. Similar efforts in other parts of the region if adopted can ensure sustainable development even in changing climate scenario.

Shri Rajveer Singh, now canvassing on our behalf in his village that instead of investing money in digging wells and deep boring which is uncertain to yield adequate water, the villagers should collectively identify suitable site for water storage so that existing wells are properly recharged. Such water harvesting structure will facilitate ground water availability to other areas where there is no water in wells. Since, haweli benefits whole village in terms of extending drinking water availability in summer and assures bumper rabi harvest in submergence area, it is  collective responsibility of villagers to look after maintenance of haweli structure. The villagers agree to it and some modalities are being worked out to bring this in reality.