In the wake of poor Monsoon and ground water depletion, the Government is promoting micro irrigation by providing financial assistance in installation of drip irrigation infrastructure. The step is being considered crucial for water management in India.
“The Government is providing financial assistance under On Farm Water Management (OFWM), a component of National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), for promotion of micro irrigation. The rate of assistance ranges from 35 percent to 50 percent of cost of installation for small and marginal farmers, and ranges from 25 percent to 35 percent of cost of installation for other farmers,” said Mohanbhai Kundaria, Minister of State for Agriculture. “In addition to the central assistance, 10 percent assistance is required to be provided by the state governments to the farmers”, he further informed.
Recent studies show that areas under micro irrigation have increased 8.41 percent, and it helps save around 80 percent to 90 percent of water.