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At a time when the men of Basavanahalli were lobbying hectically for the post of the chairperson, and secretary of the Tank Development Trust here, the women took on the reins. They formed the Sri Anjaneya Swamy Tank Development Trust. They then went on to acquire funds under the state government’s water conservation scheme, and rejuvenated the village tank.

This is a story that is 25 years old. Today, the farmers in the village have managed to reap two successful harvests year after year.

Basavanahalli has about 157 houses. The tank area is a mere 32.5 acres. Before the tank was rejuvenated, farmers solely depended on the monsoon for their crops.

During the time that the monsoon failed, they would suffer from heavy crop losses. Today, though, the situation has undergone a sea change. Farmers have taken to growing at least two crops a year. The conventional water bodies of the region, the water springs called talapariges in local lingo, have been rejuvenated. What’s more, the women have also taken up fisheries in the tank, and have actually put together Rs 75,000, thanks to their activities.

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