Importance Of Watershed Management In Smallholder Farming

Agricultural development in India has undergone a radical shift in recent times. Balancing social inclusiveness and environmental sustainability was tilted to the former in the policy framework. Successive governments have looked at reforms that were concentrated on social and economic aspects as they tried to uplift small farmer incomes and derive an equilibrium in the space. Environmental sustainability was largely ignored in the process in a sector that depended on rain-fed farming operations. About 65 percent of the cultivable land in India is dependent on rainfall.