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The Sokkan Odai canal in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu is a 4km stretch that irrigates 6 villages and supports more than 200 farmers. Traditionally, this canal was the lifeline of the region nearly two decades ago, when a 3-crop pattern was the norm. Due to climate change, the canal was blocked with heavy silting, leading to a water shortage. One crop farming didn’t seem attractive and farmers saw their next generation moving away. This was before we took up the Sokkan Odai desilting project with our CSR partner – nearly 19000 cu.m of silt was taken out, water storage ponds were made and soil erosion binders were in place. The result; a two-crop farming culture has been revived and reverse migration is also seen.


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