To reduces wastage of water and use of electricity, besides giving higher crop yield – the best and most viable option to achieve efficiency of water use during drought is nothing but “Drip Irrigation” according to horticulture officials. A study has been conducted to find out as to how the best use of resources could take place and answer for all the question comes out to be Drip Irrigation.
This method has gained importance in recent years as it reduces wastage of water and use of electricity for pumpsets, besides giving higher crop yield. With the State hit by two successive droughts, this irrigation method has come to the rescue of many farmers. Described as one of the best techniques to tackle drought, the potential of drip irrigation has, perhaps, not yet been tapped fully, in spite of its benefits.
Drip Irrigation Potential
Incidentally, the subsidy for installing drip irrigation systems was hiked last year. At present, 80 per cent subsidy is given up to 2 hectares, and 50 per cent up to 5 hectares.
Drip Irrigation System designed for Small as well as Big farmers
Barring crops such as coffee, tea and rubber, subsidy is given for setting up drip irrigation systems for all other horticultural crops, according to department officials. Drip irrigation has immense potential. It ensures equal distribution of water to each plant, thus improving the yield. Weed growth is also checked under drip irrigation,” explained H.M. Nagaraj, Deputy Director, Department of Horticulture, Mysore.
In a conversation he proclaimed that drip irrigation gave the “highest” water efficiency compared to other micro systems. “Nowadays, farmers are adopting drip irrigation for crops such as sugarcane and cotton,”
From the statistics in Mysore district, 3,662 hectares had been covered under drip irrigation since 2005-05, the year when the subsidy was introduced. So far, 3,462 farmers had availed themselves of the subsidy. He said drip irrigation was ideal when using groundwater. “If the water source is a tank, lake or canals, then sand filters have to be used to prevent blocks in pipes and those filters cost more,” he explained. According to department sources, 737 farmers have adopted drip irrigation method and availed themselves of subsidy in the district in 2011-12. In 2010-11, 974 farmers set up drip irrigation systems and 625 farmers installed the system in 2009-10. Drip irrigation for banana is most prominent in the district. For an acre of land, the subsidy amount for setting up drip irrigation for banana is Rs. 25,000, Rs. 28,000 for vegetables, Rs. 11,000 for mango and sapota and Rs. 26,000 for turmeric.
Mr. Nagaraj stated “The subsidy amount is released to farmers only after they install the systems. The department will facilitate the installation by announcing the list of companies that manufacture and install the best drip irrigation systems. After a third party evaluation of the installation, the subsidy amount is credited directly to the bank accounts of beneficiaries,”.
The above mentioned statistics proves that the idea of implementing this drip irrigation scheme would be beneficial for both farmers as well as economy. The government is trying so hard to get this scheme implemented so as to benefit farmers and make their work easy and profitable. The new technique is introduced which should be used and the traditional way of doing agriculture soon to be eliminated as lot of wastage of resources is seen using the outdated method of agriculture.