SADA SIVA BITRA

SADA SIVA BITRA

TEAM LEADER
DHAN FOUNDATION
CHIKKADAPALLY, HYDERABAD, IndiaGlobal citizen
Education: Undergraduate
Bio: I got trained as an engineer to work in agricultural technologies and chosen to work with farming communities. My Sixteen years of technology training programme has shaped my understanding of present status of Indian agriculture. I started my carrier with corporate companies selling water technology equipment. My disillusionment grown with my field work in what I saw in the countryside. I realized communal water sources must be conserved and developed before introducing exploitative technologies like deep pumps and other gadgets and I left the job that paid me financially well. I chose to join a very concerned rural development agency DHAN Foundation (www.dhan.org) in stopping the decay of thousands of traditional irrigation tanks, ponds, streams. The present work gives me opportunities to directly work with rural communities and alleviate the sufferings caused by environmental degradation of the community assets. My teams comprising of more than 25 engineers and agriculture professionals and over fifty part time staff work in reviving tanks, ponds and streams on a scaled up programme. In the last sixteen years I and my teams collectively worked with more than 500 village communities to revive their defunct traditional systems on a scientific basis. Tanks, ponds and streams are selected on a watershed basis and revived with the active participation of villagers. I coordinate nine field units based at Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka States. I am guiding these teams of professionals; mobilize farmers and volunteers to ensure the quality work in their day to day work. Effective farmers associations are formed and groomed to work in the respective villages. I closely work with the government and non-government agencies that fund our programmes. Also as an integral part of our activities we work with government agencies that make relevant policies in reforming the irrigation administration in the country. The results are encouraging at the farm levels and scope to promote such works is enormous. I understand micro level successes such as working in a few hundred villages cannot solve a problem of a national magnitude. Therefore, I am curious to study and learn from similar programmes to revive traditional technologies elsewhere. I am hopeful solutions for problems related to micro level environmental degradation in Asian context has to be found in Asian communities.

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