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Anitha Pailoor

24 October 2005

The Karnataka based Centre for Alternative Agricultural Media (CAAM) has released 'Teredabaavi Marupoorana - Kakolada Yashogathe' (Openwell Recharging - Kakol's Success Story), a 24-page booklet in Kannada. Development journalist Poornaprajna Belur has authored the publication.

The book has in its store detailed picture of the work done in Kakol, a village in Haveri District of Karnataka to overcome water scarcity. Chanabasappa Shivappa Kombali, an enthusiastic farmer leader in Kokol has taken up the cause and tried to recharge openwells in the village during last four years. So far 93 of 165 openwells have been recharged. There are more than 700 borewells in the village and efforts are on to recharge them.

Efforts for soil and water conservation have grown in different dimensions in the village. A natural resources development association has been set up with Kombli as the president. Through this he has motivated the entire village to take up water recharging and afforestation. School children are also actively involved in the task. Inspired by the success of Kakol, neighbouring villages have also taken up soil and water conservation methods.

Recognising Kombli's work in Kakol, CAAM conferred him a special award on the occasion of its fourth anniversary in December 2004.

Poornaprajna Belurís book is an extension of CAAM's efforts in farmer-friendly journalism. The centre has already been conducting a correspondence diploma course in farm and rural journalism. It has also instituted annual farm journalism awards for the best farm article in two categories (practicing farmer and general).

Positive response to earlier work encouraged CAAM to take up publication. Depending on the response to the first book, CAAM intends to publish more books on constructive work done in farm and rural areas in Karnataka. The booklets are priced affordably (Rs.15) to make dissemination of information easy.

Anitha Pailoor
24 Oct 2005

Anitha Pailoor is with CAAM, www.farmedia.org. Address: Krishnalaya, 1st Main, 4th Cross, Narayanpur, Dharwad - 580 008. Email: caam[@]sify.com.

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