World Bank Jharkhand Opportunities for harnessing Rural Growth (JOHAR) project is implemented by the Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promotion Society (JSLPS) under the aegis of the Department of Rural Development, Government of Jharkhand (GoJ). The programme aims at enhancing and diversifying the household income in selected farm and non-farm sectors for targeted beneficiaries in the project areas. The programme intends to achieve it by mobilizing and aggregating rural producers including women and men from SC/ST and smallholder households into Producer Groups (PGs) and POs, with focus on diversification and/or intensification of their current production system, and improving their participation higher up in the value chain; strengthening the competitive advantage of target rural producers by transfer of climate-resilient production techniques, enhanced opportunities for value addition and effective market linkages; improving access to financing, including innovative financial products, through the community institution platform and formal financial institutions (FFIs)
Sutra Consulting is the Technical Support Agency for the Irrigation component of the project, and the team is providing its expertise for design of small irrigation systems, supervision during implementation of these systems by community institutions, development of training manual for para irrigation engineer and Water Users Groups, training to a cadre of Para-irrigation engineers for designing similar systems and training to a cadre of operators for these systems. The team of experts are also providing inputs in assessing and finalising the potential water sources in the target areas, assessing static head through field survey, making detailed design based on field observations, through participatory approaches and preparing detailed project reports of each irrigation schemes. Our inputs have enhanced project understanding on PIM and participatory rehabilitation of irrigation schemes.
The Odisha Integrated Irrigated Agriculture and Water Management Investment Programme (OIIAWMIP) was conceptualized with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to maximize the state irrigation potential and for the continued development of water resources sector. The project had a specific component of Minor Lift Irrigation Rehabilitation wherein 1400 Lift Points were to be repaired and associated agricultural training and improvement take place.
Sutra Consulting was engaged as a consortium partner as an implementation consultant during 2009-11 in the first phase of the programme for this lift irrigation component of OIIAWMIP. The assignment involved feasibility study, design and Detailed Project Report preparation, Water User Association strengthening, technical support for procurement of material and community led construction, supervision of work, water management training to farmers and post installation support. A large team of experts were deployed to support the implementation, promote agriculture intensification and institution building involving promotion of Participatory Irrigation Management and strengthening of Water Users Associations. The assignment included a strong Monitoring and Evaluation component wherein a monitoring plan was prepared and installed in the Lift irrigation Cell to review project progress and processes. Our expert's input ensured timely commissioning of initial lot of lift irrigation points and institutionalized monitoring and supervision process for rehabilitation.