During 1990 and 2000 the area under greenery and the overall production
of fodder varieties increased appreciably. In the same period the
availability of drinking water increased by leaps and bounds. Villages
like Alsund, Khambale, Kamalapur which depended for drinking water
on tanker supply, became water surplus villages. Due to these factors
milk production in the area has registered a marked improvement.
part of the water conservation measures two percolation tanks at
Alsund and Kamalapur villages were built. One old tank at Alsund
was deepened and repaired. These tanks have a total capacity of
6.5 million cubic feet. With a view to optimizing the utilization
of irrigation potential the following measures were taken,
completion of 100 irrigation wells with farmers initiative.
ii) erection of small lift irrigation projects on Verala river front
at Vazar village, having a total irrigation capacity of 150 hectares
iii) a lift irrigation project at Kamalapur with irrigation capacity
of 200 hectares.
seedless grape cultivation was introduced in the project area. The
total area under the vineyards is 200 hectares. There are special
features involved. Seedless grape is not a traditional crop of our
State whose geographical coordinates are 740E
Longitude and 160N
Latitude. The average temperature ranging between 20 to 45 Celsius.
In this region the per hectare grape yield is 20 tonnes a hectare
and upwards. Cultivation of the crop was pioneered in 1962 by two
farmers and a professor of Mathematics who studied plant morphology
as a hobby. The grape produced is mainly of table variety which
excels both in quality and quantity. They export grapes to Europe,
the Gulf and South East Asians countries. Fortyfour years since
the triggering of this grape revolution, the farmers still hold
the edge in technology lately they have branched into production
of wine varieties.
people were made aware of the importance of green cover for the
soil as an effective means of soil and water conservation. During
1971 and 1974 VDS developed 80 hectare government land at Kamalapur.
90,000 forest trees were planted and protected by the local village