Participatory Irrigation Management

What we did?


  • Renovation of 2.4 kms defunct minor
  • 4 Exposure visits of WUA members to Yuvamitra, Nasik
  • Assured effective irrigation in 157 h



  • Increased involvement farmers in the irrigation management
  • Accountability and sense of ownership
  • Higher Irrigation Efficiency
  • Equity in water distribution
  • Higher awareness among the farmers in command area
  • Better operation and maintenance of irrigation system
  • Efficient collection and payment of water charges to the irrigation Agency


In the Goji Gram Panchayat of Dhamtari, ASORD is working on the Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) under MGNREGA which is part of a large MoRD-GIZ bi-lateral project. PIM refers to the simple model of decentralising the management of irrigation facilities to the users/farmers in the command area. The model enables the equitable distribution of water across the irrigation channel and the utilisation of the irrigation potential of an area to the its fullest.

In Dhamtari, we helped in the establishment of Water User Association (WUA) in the village Goji to streamline the participation of farmers in the irrigation management. This model also involves a community based planning approach using GIS imagery, formation of sub-WUA groups for ensuring active participation, renovation works under MGNREGA and technologically sound monitoring mechanisms. Since capacity building is a crucial part of a PIM model, ASORD organised two trainings on PIM in Goji pilot gram panchayat in May-June, 2018 for 40 members of the WUA. The main objectives of training were to orient the participants on different aspects of PIM systems including the PIM Act of the state, regulations around WUA and its structure, institutionalisation of the management of the community developed assets, aspects of farmer’s producer organisation (FPO), etc.


“The establishment of Water Users Association has created lot of awareness and resolved the disagreements regarding the sharing of water. The irrigation is more effective and we have started taking two crops every year instead of one”

– Jaymitra Sahu, Village Goji, Dhamtari