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Tap Drip Irrigation to save water -A Narayanamoorthy

ion (FMI). Data on water use efficiency indicates that India uses 2-3 times more water than major agricultural countries like China, Brazil and the US to produce one unit of food crop. Benefits of Drip Irrigation Drip method of irrigation (DMI) has been found to increase water-use efficiency by saving a substantial amount of water. What is DMI? Unlike FMI, the drip method supplies water directly to the root zone of a crop through a network of pi

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Beside inconsistent data on coverage from different sources, target not achieved in case of PMKSY-Per Drop More Crop

Y-Per Drop More Crop (micro-irrigation), the actual amount spent was Rs. 1223.81 crore (as on 13th February, 2019). The dashboard of PMKSY-Per Drop More Crop shows that although the coverage under Drip Irrigation exceeded coverage under sprinkler irrigation in 2015-16 (Drip=62.13 percent; Sprinkler=37.87 percent) and 2016-17 (Drip=57.98 percent; Sprinkler=42.02 percent), in 2017-18 (Drip=48.13 percent; Sprinkler=51.87 percent) there was a reversal

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Farming in a warming world -Naveen P Singh & Bhawna Anand

can be reduced through agronomic management practices such as inter and multiple cropping and crop-rotation; shift to non-farm activities; insurance covers; up-scaling techniques such as solar pumps, Drip Irrigation and sprinklers. Several studies indicate increasing perceptions of the magnitude of climate change and the need for farmers to adapt, but the process remains slow. For instance, the NSS 70th round indicates that a very small segment of agr

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How can small farmers' income be increased? -Yogesh Upadhyaya

like rice intensification in case of paddy cultivation; sow higher-yielding seeds; use better fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides to tackle nutrient deficiency and make of use of technologies such as Drip Irrigation. However, the implementation of these methods may face several constraints like knowledge transfer to farmers, affordability and very limited risk-taking ability of farmers. How to get more yield? Crop grown by a farmer goes through

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Farmers exploiting groundwater ignoring long-term consequences

t afford borewells were forced to supplement agricultural income with non-farm income or quit agriculture altogether. The study also found that adoption of water conservation technologies, such as Drip Irrigation, was low among these farmers. Despite water scarcity and significant government subsidies, according to the study, only about 37% of the irrigated farmers have adopted Drip Irrigation. Those who

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The Age of Surplus -Harish Damodaran

rict would be the world’s seventh largest banana producer, were it a country. The technologies in all these — be it hybrid seeds, high-density cultivation using tissue-cultured plants, or Drip Irrigation — have been supplied by the likes of DuPont, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Jain Irrigation. Advances in plant breeding and genetics aren’t the sole reason, though, for improved supply response from farmers. The Operation Flo

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A crop revolution -Anupama Katakam

y used local seed varieties to grow traditional produce using biopesticides and biofertilizers. Mixed and intercropping cycles ensured that the soil was replenished for each season. The use of simple Drip Irrigation, sprinklers, farm ponds and tree plantation was part of an efficient water management system. Most women Frontline spoke to said that it took some convincing, but their husbands or fathers eventually relented and gave them a small amount o

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States as policy labs for farming -Rajeev Gowda

additional income and turning them into energy producers. Harvesting rainwater in Krishi Hondas or polythene-lined farm ponds is another method that can be used to minimise water loss. Combined with Drip Irrigation, this initiative ensures water availability at critical points in the cropping cycle. Please click here to read more.

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Waiving off loans not a solution -Ashok Gulati and Gayathri Mohan

f GCA get about 8% of irrigation water (see graph). Unless this is corrected, and irrigation water is distributed more equally, the crisis will return as soon as Maharashtra faces drought. Compulsory Drip Irrigation in sugarcane, which may cost the state government about Rs 7,000 crore, can save about half of irrigation water, which if diverted to cotton, or sorghum, or maize, or soyabean, can significantly improve productivity and bring widespread pr

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Growing tomatoes: A gamble on the market -Harish Damodaran

,” he adds. Ashwath is, in official parlance, a “marginal farmer”, but has invested sufficiently in land preparation – applying farmyard manure, making raised beds, putting Drip Irrigation lines, laying plastic mulch film and planting the seedlings on holes through these. He has further gone in for “staking” or tying the plants to supporting rods to prevent them from falling and also being more responsive to nutr

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