Where JKBT works

Having started with 11 villages of two blocks (Dhod and Piprali), JKBT gradually extended its works in five Blocks in Sikar District of Rajasthan, that include about 200 villages .

Since I963 JKBT has been steadily progressing towards its goal of an empowered and efficient rural society, through its various community based interventions in surrounding villages near Kashi Ka Baas (Native Village of Jamnalal Bajaj) of Sikar District in Rajasthan.

Sikar, 'The Door to the Thar Desert'. lies in the northeastern region of state of Rajasthan. The district comprises of 1017 villages, which fall under 329 Panchayats. Sikar accounts for 2.26% of the total area of the state i.e. about 7,732 Sq. km.

The district experiences an extreme climate with very hot and dry summers and intensely cold winters. The average maximum and minimum temperatures recorded are 46°C and 0°C respectively. Most of the rainfall is scanty and irregular. An average annual rainfall of merely 46.60 cm makes it one of the more water scarce districts of Rajasthan.

Monsoon being scarce the agriculture is mainly rain-fed. The major crops grown are pearl millet, sorghum and groundnut. Where water is available gram is grown. Wells-"bore wells are the major source of irrigation in the district. However. rapid withdrawal of ground water from bore wells and frequent deepening of wells has led to a drastic reduction in the ground water resource.

The community of Sikar district is heterogeneous. Agriculture is the mainstay of the people of the area. Dairy farming is also common among the more progressive farmers of the district. The abundant natural deposits of dolomite, limestone and quartz make mining an important source of livelihood for the people. However. due to ban on mining activities. people have started looking for alternative livelihood sources.

The major issue of the region is scarcity of water especially potable water. People of the area are not well conversed in water harvesting techniques. Looking to the potential. JKBT has initiated Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures with people's participation. Another major need of the area is for water conservation structures for irrigation. The sandy soil of the area leads to silting of most of these structures. The need is for designing such structures. which are suitable for both the community needs and the physiographic conditions of the area.

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