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Number crunching helps farmers manage water -Manu Moudgil

s not had another borewell in addition to the existing 40 borewells. “Once we understood the concept, there was a consensus not to have new borewells. Instead, the farms were put under drip and Sprinkler irrigation to get more from drawing less water,” Ghagare says. Pomegranate, mango, green peas, maize and quinoa are the new crops that farmers are growing beside their old favourites of vegetables, millets, wheat and pulses.   &

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

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 in that trend. References Notes on

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Charge farmers for water, remove sops on water-guzzling crops: report -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

n water-scarce regions of Maharashtra overnight won’t be possible. Therefore efforts should be made to towards more judicious use of water in such areas, using measures such as through drip and Sprinkler irrigation. “Please don’t ask Vidharbha farmers to stop growing sugarcane, as that is the only crop which is fetching some returns. Also, while we look at shifting cultivation of water-guzzling crops, we should look at solutions t

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Maharashtra makes drip irrigation mandatory for sugar cane cultivation -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

sugar cane is grown over 9.42 lakh hectares in Maharashtra (2017-18) and only 2.25 lakh hectares is covered by drip irrigation. The remaining area under sugar cane cultivation uses flood, canal, and Sprinkler irrigation systems that consumer more water as compared to drip irrigation. The environmental lobby has often argued that one of the major causes of chronic drought in Marathwada is cultivation of sugar cane that disproportionately exploits t

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Haryana to come out with scheme to make farming a profitable venture -Manvir Saini

servation of Sub Soil Water Act had been enacted which prohibits sowing of paddy before May 15 and transplantation of paddy before June 15. The department is encouraging the farmers to adopt drip and Sprinkler irrigation. More than 1.65 lakh sprinkler sets have been installed upto 2015-16 since the introduction of the scheme. A sum of Rs 203.29 crore had been spent to cover an area of more than 2.74 lakh hectares with drip irrigation system. Pleas

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Govts should not blindly promote micro-irrigation schemes -J Harsha

15 and 2016, “water saving” has become a high priority for the governments. As the agriculture sector consumes 80% of freshwater in the country, micro-irrigation –  drip and Sprinkler irrigation – has been catapulted as a policy priority because drip and Sprinkler irrigation deliver water to farms in lesser quantities in contrast to conventional gravity flow irrigation. Bu

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From Plate to Plough: Connecting the drops -Ashok Gulati & Bharat Sharma

crop per drop”. Research indicates that rainfed areas covering pulses, oilseeds and nutri-cereals can give high productivity if they get even two irrigations. Cascading check dams, drips and Sprinkler irrigation can help. PM’s Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) talks of all this, but with paltry resources (Rs 5,767 crore), one wonders how many years one will have to wait to see the objectives of “har khet ko paani” being met.

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Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, speaks to Harish Damodaran of The Indian Express

through NABARD. These will help in expeditious implementation of projects that would ordinarily never have seen light of the day. But large projects apart, we are laying equal emphasis on drip and Sprinkler irrigation under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. About 5.6 lakh hectares were brought under micro-irrigation in 2015-16 and we are targeting another 8.3 lakh hectares this fiscal. The objective is to provide universal access to irrig

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5 changes that may bring agriculture back on track in 2016 -PK Joshi and Avinash Kishore

2014 with public investment of less than Rs 2,000 crore. Improving the management of irrigation systems created this miracle in the state. Similarly, Gujarat has been successful in promoting drip and Sprinkler irrigation when most other states have faltered. Developing farmer-friendly ways of delivering micro-irrigation subsidy and changing subsidy norms to foster more competition among suppliers are major reasons for Gujarat’s success. Solar

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States get more time to spend funds on micro irrigation -Gargi Parsai

only 50 per cent had been utilised. Against a target of 5 lakh hectares, only 1.32 lakh hectares had been brought under micro irrigation. The programme envisages drought proofing, drip and Sprinkler irrigation and tying up with MGNREGS schemes, all of which are within the purview of State governments. The Minister said some of the States that had suffered crop damage due to drought and deficit southwest monsoon had not even submi

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