Micro Irrigation Systems Market Size To 2020: Karnataka leads water conservation efforts by making drip irrigation compulsory

Taking a step forward towards water conservation, Karnataka, which has India’ second largest extent of drought-prone land, is set to make drip irrigation mandatory in all the irrigation command areas by early 2015. The government is getting ready to install drip irrigation system in the fields of seven lakh growers in a phased manner in the next three years, involving a cost of Rs. 4,500 crore.

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By making the farmers of water-guzzling crops such as sugarcane to switch over to drip irrigation, the State reportedly plans to conserve an estimated 186 TMCFT of water besides saving energy worth Rs. 400 Crore that is being used to pump water in some areas. The government is in the process of finalizing a business model for installation of drip irrigation system, which would have a tripartite agreement with farmers, government and sugar factories, he said. While it would cost Rs. 40,000 to install drip irrigation system in an acre of sugarcane field, the government would provide a subsidy of Rs. 10,000 and sugar factories have agreed to contribute Rs. 5,000. Efforts are being made to get another Rs. 5,000 from corporate social responsibility funds so that the farmers will have to contribute only 50 per cent of the capital cost. Karnataka is set to embark upon what is said to be the world’s biggest micro irrigation project with the proposal to bring seven lakh hectares of land in various lift irrigation schemes under drip and other micro irrigation systems. Presently, the world’s largest micro irrigation project was the one taken up in South Africa on two lakh acres of land, he said. He told reporters here that most of the areas proposed to be brought under the micro irrigation system were in drought-prone districts such as Kalaburagi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Raichur, Koppal, Gadag, Chitradurga and Haveri. Plans were afoot to set up an agro industrial corridor in this belt by holding an exclusive global investors’ meet to take advantage of the likely increase in agricultural yield due to the micro irrigation system. Micro Irrigation Systems Market Size Source : Grand View Research

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