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Watershed Development Fund (NABARD)

A Watershed Development Fund (WDF) has been established at NABARD with the objective of integrated watershed development in 100 priority districts of 18 States through participatory approach. The total corpus of WDF is Rs.200 crore. Under WDF, two-thirds of amount is given for loan based project and one-third of amount is given for grant based project in the State. A number of externally aided projects are also under implementation on watershed approach, which covers an area of about 1.5 lakh hectares annually.

Various Watershed Development Programmes namely:

  • National Watershed Development Project for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA)
  • Soil Conservation in the Catchments of River Valley Project & Flood Prone River (RVP & FPR)
  • Reclamation & Development of Alkali & Acid Soil (RADAS)
  • Watershed Development Project in Shifting Cultivation Areas (WDPSCA) are being implemented.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 07-01-2011