Watel Problem and how to cope with it
Title: Watel Problem and how to cope with it View Translations like
Uploaded Date and Time: Aug. 7, 2013, 3:21 p.m.
Creator: Lalit Lokwani
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Uploaded By: Radio bundelkhand
Description: Radio Lalit Lokwani - CDKN ShubhKal Programme on ‘Water scarcity situation in Bundelkhand and how to cope with it - Final Radio Script Programme starts with ShubhKal Signature Tune (01 – 13 secs) Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Sitaram and Female Anchor - Rakhi) (14 – 52 secs ) Rakhi - Hello and a warm welcome to all listeners of our Lalit Lokvani 90.4MHz. I am your friend Rakhi. Sitaram - Hello everyone! I am Sitaram. Rakhi - What issue are we discussing today? Sitaram - Today we shall discuss why scarcity of water is a major issue in Bundelkhand. Rakhi - Let us listen to some of our community members. Sitaram - Our reporter Kashiram will be interviewing them. Music Transition (53 – 57 secs) Radio Reporter Kashiram in conversation with community members Radio Reporter - Shubhcharan, kindly tell us why do you think there is a shortage of water in our area? Farmer Shubhcharan - The main reason is the inability of people to stop water run-off. With no trees, rainwater just flows away. Also the rampant use of bore wells has reduced ground water levels. Radio Reporter - What alternatives can you suggest to your fellow farmers to conserve water? Farmer Shubhcharan - I would like to advice farmers to use organic farming methods like vermicomposting which help to increase water holding capacity of their land and improve soil fertility thereby retaining moisture in the soil. Kashiram- Thank you Shubhcharan for this information. Music Transition (01:41 – 01:45) Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Sitaram and Female Anchor - Rakhi) (01:46 - 02:36) Sitaram - That was Shubhcharan who was talking to our reporter Kashiram. Rakhi - Look Sitaram, he has given such important information. In the past there were so many lakes and ponds and now you don’t get to see any! Indiscriminate use of borewells has further reduced ground water levels. Sitaram - Now let us listen to what our Krishi Vigyaan Kendra scientist Dr. Prithvipal has to say. Music Transition (02:37 – 02:41) Radio Reporter Kashiram in conversation with Krishi Vigyan Kendra scientist Dr. Prithvipal Kashiram - Hello sir! Why is there so much scarcity of water in Lalitpur? Dr. Prithvipal - The main reason for shortage of water is less rainfall and inability to store rainwater. The geographical conditions do not help much because the rocky and sloping landscape is unable to hold water. Kashiram - How is climate change affecting the rainfall pattern? Dr. Prithvipal - Climate change leads to a rise in temperature which increases the rate of evaporation from the ground. Kashiram - How do we maintain or increase ground water level? Dr. Prithvipal - As we all know, water level is decreasing. To replenish it, we need to store rainwater. Kashiram - How do we conserve rainwater? Dr. Prithvipal – To conserve rainwater, farmers should plough in the opposite direction of the slopes during summers, practice field bunding, construct new ponds and improve the old ones. Kashiram - What techniques would you suggest our farmers to adopt in order to overcome this problem of water scarcity? Dr. Prithvipal - Firstly, farmers must practice mulching in order to prevent evaporation of water from the soil. Secondly, they must adopt drip irrigation or sprinkler irrigation techniques to irrigate large areas of land using less water. Also we must plant more trees. Music Transition (05:44 – 05:48) Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Sitaram and Female Anchor - Rakhi) (05:49 - 06:59) Sitaram - Dr. Prithvipal explained the whole problem of water scarcity as well as provided the listeners with practical solutions to conserve water. Rakhi - Yes Sitaram! Firstly, there is hardly any rainfall and secondly, we do not collect rainwater. Sitaram - He told us about this region’s topography, how the rocky and sloping landscape cannot hold water and he also gave information on the use of alternatives like drip irrigation, field bunding and sprinkler irrigation which farmers should adopt. Rakhi - Now let’s listen to poet Shiv Narayan Purohit. Poem on comparing past where there was greenery all around with the present where everything is drying up and action needs to be taken to protect the environment before everything is ruined. (07:00 - 08:59) Transition Music (09:00 – 09:04) Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Sitaram and Female Anchor - Rakhi) (09:05 - 09:36) Rakhi - That was a wonderful poem! Sitaram - He told us about our environment through his poem. Rakhi - Now let us go and talk to a farmer who is being interviewed by our fellow reporter Jagrup. Radio Reporter Jagrup in conversation with a progressive farmer using water efficient irrigation techniques (09:37 - 10:12) Jagrup - Why did you start practicing sprinkler and drip irrigation methods? Progressive farmer - With the increasing shortage of water, we had to shift to these water conserving methods as they utilize lesser amount of water and irrigate a larger area of our field. Music Transition (10:13 – 10:17) Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Sitaram and Female Anchor - Rakhi) (10:18 - 10:28) Rakhi - That was Jagrup talking to a progressive farmer. Sitaram - Now let us listen to what our expert has to say. Music Transition (10:29 – 10:33) Radio Reporter Jagrup in conversation with Mr. S.B. Pandey, Agricultural Expert, Development Alternatives Reporter - Sir, as you know many places like our Bundelkhand region are suffering from scarcity of water due to climate change. In such conditions, what methods of irrigation do you suggest our farmers must adopt to conserve water? Mr. S.B. Pandey - There are many irrigation methods like border irrigation, basin irrigation, drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems. I have noticed farmers in Bundelkhand practice flood irrigation thinking it will increase their produce which is actually not so. Sprinkler irrigation saves 30% more water than flood irrigation and the government also has schemes for these practices. Farmers should take benefit of these schemes. I personally will recommend farmers to practice sprinkler and drip irrigation as this would help them adapt to the changing climate. Other than this, farmers should practice field bunding and mulching. These practices will help collect rainwater within the field and retain moisture and organic components of the soil. They also help in increasing soil fertility. Reporter- Thank you sir! Music Transition (13:37 – 13:41) Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Sitaram and Female Anchor - Rakhi) (13:42 - 14:36) Rakhi - We should save water. If we don’t save water today, what will happen in future? Sitaram - Exactly! But friends, now it’s time for us to end the programme. Rakhi - Wait Sitaram! First tell our listeners our contact details where they’ll send us their suggestions and feedback. Sitaram - Our address is Lalit Lokvani, Alapur, zila Lalitpur. Rakhi - You can also call us on our number 07408426780. We will now take your leave. Sitaram and Rakhi - Goodbye! Programme ends with Shubh Kal Signature Tune (14:37 – 14:50)
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