Drip irrigation to be promoted among Maha sugarcane farmers
Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan says Maharashtra’s sugarcane farmers will be asked to strictly use drip irrigation by this year end in order to tide over severe drought that has hit many parts of the state. For a state facing severe water scarcity it becomes even more important to use the drip irrigation method which has many benefits.
The western Maharashtra and Marathwada region are facing severe drought conditions so, the water has to be used appropriately. So it has been decided that sugarcane farmers will be strictly asked to use drip irrigation system for their crops. In Israel crops are mostly grown by the drip irrigation system.
Drip irrigation practice for crops has already been started by farmers in his constituency Jalgaon and the results are good. “It has been observed that crop yield increases at least three times when drip irrigation system is used. Agriculture in Maharashtra if we implement this system for all crops. The farmers too won’t have any issues with it because the state government is already providing 50 per cent subsidy (for setting up this irrigation facility) to them,” says the Minister.
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