The study was carried out to examine the impact of lift irrigation on tribals of Panihari village in Vyara Taluka. The study being an explorative and qualitative as a methodological tool used, was carried out in this tribal, village with formal, as well as informal unstructured and focused interview with adopters and non-adopters of the lift irrigation scheme and Participatory Research Appraisal techniques.


The main objectives of the study are:

  • • To identify the institutional interventions.
  • • Empowerment of tribals.
  • • Social and Economic Impact of the lift irrigation scheme and that on tribals livelihoods.
  • • To find the scope and limitations of replication of this successful Lift Irrigation (LI) scheme in other parts of the country.


Panihari village forms a part of Taluka Vyara, District Surat. The total population according to census of 1991 was, 1,957 of which male consists of 1,039 and 918 females. There are 450 families residing in the village, the area of the village is 369.22 hectares and connected by road. The village has one primary school and health centre each. The farming area is 316.39 hectares and has a minor canal passes through the village. The area under irrigation with private water facilities was 5 hectare. The cultivated idle land is 105 hectare (1991 census). The land, which cannot be used for cultivation is 59.12 hectares.

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