Urbanization is one of the determinants of economic development. With the gradual growth of the economy, urbanization depends on the shift of surplus population from rural to urban areas along with the growth of some industrialized urban centers. Uncontrolled urbanization in different parts of the country led to agricultural land shrinking, besides depleting the fertility of the soil. At the same time, climatic aberrations such as flash floods and droughts have compounded the woes of the agrarian community. The climate change due to the green gas effect causes flash floods and thereby hell. In such a situation, the WALMI is spearheading, albeit attracting attention, a revolution geared towards ensuring optimal utilization of water resources, in addition to educating people about the need to conserve bodies of water.
Water and Land Management Institute Walmi Dharwad is a Society/ Club/ Trust/ AOP with its office registered in Karnataka. The company carries out its major operations from Karnataka. WALMI works on ‘Knowledge is Power’ as its mantra. It organizes workshops for farmers and the public alike, in addition to engineers and personnel in the departments of minor irrigation, water resources, and rural development and panchayat raj. WALMI has organized 12,000 capacity-building workshops by roping in experts from across the country. At a time when digital is the new buzzword, WALMI has been offering satellite programmes to reach the masses.
Since the WALMI center is in Dharwad, farmers from the southern districts in Karnataka find it difficult to attend the workshops in person. Therefore WALMI relied upon satellite training programmes. More than 3,000 stakeholders can attend these virtual workshops. The sources pointed out that the abundance of agricultural land, water resources, irrigation technology, method of tilling and fertilizing, and climate are conducive for growing a variety of crops in North Karnataka. Despite the ready availability of resources, farmers in the region, are crippled by a lack of information on water and soil management, therefore they are unable to reap a good harvest. WALMI is making a sincere effort to educate the farmers in the concerned region both in person (class) and virtual (mass). The institute thereby plays an important role in boosting agricultural productivity.