I read a New Farm article recently that mentioned African
farmers arranging stone barriers to slow down flowing rainwater.
Instead, they might dig trenches on the contour lines to slow
down and hold the water in the farm itself. There is big work
done in India this way. This method replenishes groundwater
as well, which lasts for almost the entire dry season. For
more information about this and other innovative techniques
being practiced in India, you might want to have a look at
a progressive farming magazine based in Marathi.
Thanks for the email about the work farmers in India are
doing to manage water by digging trenches. We can all learn
from each other about what works and what doesn’t across
various countries and regions. Some of the work we did in
Senegal used the “rock barrier” method because
the villagers needed to remove the rocks from the growing
areas. Rather than pile them up on the border of the field,
we arranged them into contour barriers to help minimize wind
and water erosion.
Please continue to send us your insights and ideas so we
can share them with others.