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Govt panel recommends radical overhaul of farming ecosystem -Sayantan Bera

i-cereals, from producing carbs to proteins, and field crops to dairy, livestock and fisheries. Water management should be assigned the highest priority by bringing in 2-2.5 million hectares under Micro Irrigation every year and promoting agro-climatic based cropping systems, the panel said. Please click here to read more.

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Only 18% of Maharashtra's cropped area is irrigated; we should not be surprised at the distress -Siraj Hussain

rformed well in horticulture and exports grapes worth Rs 1,200 crore. It has functioning marketing infrastructure and has done better than most other states in adopting water-saving technologies like Micro Irrigation. However, out of 137 lakh operational holdings, 78.6 per cent belonged to 107 lakh small and marginal farmers, who hold less than two hectares of land. The leaders of the protesting farmers would not be unaware of the fact that only 18

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Water conservation: Nabard to help 1,00,000 villages before monsoon -Vimukt Dave

creation of water sources and its efficient utilisation. We have already asked banks to provide loan for micro-irrigation after the project. The Union government has allotted Rs 5,000- crore fund for Micro Irrigation.”   The Nabard will conduct a sample survey in about 100 villages across the country to study the outcome of the programme after the monsoon, and based on the result, it will extend it to more villages. Please click here t

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Direct action from the Budget mandates must reflect ground realities -Purvi Mehta

ant. The Budget promises an additional allocation of Rs. 20,000 crore to the long-term irrigation fund set up by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), and also introduces aMicro Irrigation fund with an initial corpus of Rs. 5,000 crore. This will especially help the farmers in rainfed areas, whose farming is often a gamble on monsoon. To accelerate access to credit services, GoI has set a target of Rs. 10 lakh crore as c

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'Punjab exporting precious water via rice cultivation' -Vibhor Mohan

ident of Indian Society of Labour Economics. "There is also an urgent need to have a strong policy intervention to reduce the area under paddy or find less water consuming varieties of paddy. Micro Irrigation, direct sowing and sowing on raised beds need to be promoted in a big way. Rainwater harvesting, conservation of water and sustainably-informed use of water are necessary routes to save Punjab and Haryana from turning into a desert,"

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Welcome push to rural India's aspirations -Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

fort to handle all these. The Budget provides Nabard with an additional Rs. 20,000 crore under the Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF), along with a separate allocation of Rs. 5,000 crore to push the Micro Irrigation agenda. On the crop insurance front, the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has been provided an enhanced allocation of Rs. 9,000 crore. Livestock got a boost with the proposal for a Dairy Processing Infrastructure Fund of Rs. 2,000 crore w

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Getting a handle on water for agriculture use -Ashok Gulati & Gayathri Mohan

cking the completion of 99 prioritised projects in four years. The corpus, to be created by NABARD via market borrowings, will keep the government’s fiscal deficit in control. Also, a dedicated Micro Irrigation Fund with an initial corpus of Rs 5,000 crore has been created, again through NABARD. Even within the direct budgetary allocation for PMKSY, Rs 3,400 crore or 46 per cent has been set aside for the ‘per drop more crop’ micr

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More effort is needed for irrigation & efficient water-use, says latest agricultural report

mentions that about 50 percent of water conservation can be done through the use of drip and sprinkler systems. It has recommended for encouraging water-use efficient technologies of drip irrigation, Micro Irrigation, sprinklers, etc., so as to reduce the pressure on water consumption by the agricultural sector, and also to reduce excessive withdrawal of groundwater. The report says that under the National Mission on More »

Micro-irrigation lags far behind potential, shows study -Sayantan Bera

.73 million hectares in India, compared to a potential 69.5 million hectares, were covered under micro-irrigation by March 2015, shows a study, titled ‘Accelerating Growth of Indian Agriculture-Micro Irrigation, an Efficient Solution’, released last week by business lobby group Ficci and Irrigation Association of India. And despite the scheme’s low penetration and back-to-back drought due to deficit rains, the subsidy for micro-ir

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States get more time to spend funds on Micro Irrigation -Gargi Parsai

s deadline by a month The Agriculture Ministry has extended by a month the deadline for States to utilise funds under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) for implementation of Micro Irrigation projects. Earlier, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh had said that unutilised funds should be diverted to States that showed better utilisation. About Rs. 1,000 crore had been allocated to States for More »

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