Ramban farmers take to drip irrigation system to grow more crops

Abdul Majid, a Farmer in Ramban, Jammu & Kashmir says, there was an acute shortage of water for irrigation. Then the farmers were introduced to an integrated model of farming. They were given a drip irrigation and sprinkler system and 50 per cent subsidy under the scheme. The drip irrigation system is a type of micro irrigation system that has the potential to save water and nutrients. It focuses on enhancing water use efficiency at farm level. Through the use of drip irrigation the production of crop has increased says Agriculture Extension Officer Jagdish Bali. The agriculture parameters included are Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana and micro irrigation, among others.

Earlier we used to face difficulties in sowing vegetables, says Rehmat Ullah Roniyal. In 2021 the department installed drip irrigation system at 50% subsidy. Veer Singh, a farmer says, since irrigation department has set up the drip irrigation system, I have been growing vegetables two times in a year and reaping good benefits. A harvesting tank has also been given to him and the entire set up at 50% subsidy. The department has helped nine beneficiaries and rectified their methods of agriculture by installing sprinkler/ drip irrigation system. They have covered around 0.13 hectare area with micro-irrigation techniques.

Per Drop More Crop is the goal for Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). The Centrally sponsored scheme was implemented in 2015-16. Rupees 3645 Crores has been allotted to the Per Drop More Crop scheme. The scheme helps in boosting water productivity and conservation, particularly in agriculture, to free up water for other productive uses.

– Kashmir Ahead

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