More than 83 lakh hectares have been brought under micro irrigation as of 2016.

The top ten micro-irrigated states account for more than 70 percent of the 83.46 lakh hectare coverage recorded in the last nine years under the state program to increase water supply in the non-canalized area. irrigation, said the government in Parliament. In his reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda said that 83.46 lh area has been micro-irrigated in the country and central assistance of ₹ 19,363.20 has been given to states through Per Drop More. Crops (PDMC) Scheme 2015-16 so far. Official data shows that Karnataka topped the list with a coverage of 18.02 lakh, followed by Tamil Nadu with 10.98 lakh, Maharashtra with 9.38 lakh and Rajasthan with 7.08 lakh. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana got more than 3 lh each under micro irrigation. Haryana reported an area of ​​nearly 1.7 lh, while West Bengal and Odisha generated nearly 1 lh each.

58 Irrigation Projects Completed

He also told Parliament that after 99 ongoing major and medium irrigation projects in the country were prioritized under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) in 2016-17, 58 projects were completed in phase . way completed, including four recent projects. This has increased the irrigation potential by 25.11 liters. He also said that nine more projects which were not in the list of 99 projects have been added to the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program (AIBP) of PMKSY for completion in 2021-22.

The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has implemented the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) PDMC under PMKSY 2015-2021-2022. But in 2022-23, the PDMC scheme will be implemented under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). The PDMC system focuses on improving water use at the farm level through micro-irrigation systems – drip and sprinkler irrigation systems. According to this, the state will pay 55 percent of the project cost to small and marginal farmers and 45 percent to other farmers. Some states also provide additional support to the Center to encourage farmers to adopt micro-irrigation.

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