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Rs. 85,000 Subsidy Announced by Maharashtra Government to Promote Micro-Irrigation

  • Maharashtra, September 17, 2018: To promote micro-irrigation in the state, Maharashtra government recently announced to offer subsidised loans of Rs 85,000 per hectare for installation of drip irrigation system in farms.

    As per a notification issued by the state agriculture department, the aim of the scheme is to enable more farmers to indulge in micro-irrigation practices for sustainable water management.

    "The interest over this offered loan will be mere 5.5 per cent. This loan will be provided for a period of five years and farmers can avail this scheme for up to five hectares of land," states the notification.
    As per the government data, out of total water stock in the state, 60-70 per cent is used for irrigation. "However, the purpose is to bring maximum land under plantation using minimum water resources. Only advanced irrigation technology can achieve this. This will also save 30-50 per cent of water stored in the dams and reservoirs around the state. It will also help to curtail the expenditure on fertilisers, pesticides and improve production," said a senior agriculture official, reports DNA.

    A study by the government's agriculture department claims that the new technology will bring down water consumption for sugarcane cultivation from 25000 cubic metre water to 7500-to-12500 cubic metre water.

    In Maharashtra, out of 9.42 lakh hectares land under sugarcane plantation, only 2.25 lakh hectares has been brought under micro-irrigation system. By 2019, the state government wants to bring the remaining 7.18 lakh hectares land under micro-irrigation system.

    "We are also asking cooperatives and private sugar factories to encourage the farmers to use the micro water management technology," said official.