The agriculture department has issued a work order to bring 3,768 acres of farmland under drip irrigation at a cost of Rs 11.49 crore in the financial year 2021-22.
Coimbatore district joint agriculture director R Chitradevi said on Saturday that the agriculture department had issued a work order to put 3,768 acres of farmland under drip irrigation at a cost of Rs 11 .49 crore in the financial year 2021-22. He added that the campaign has benefited 1,395 farmers.
He added that the goal was to reduce 5,325 acres of farmland under drip irrigation during the fiscal year and that 2,158 farmers applied for the same scheme for about 6,254 acres of land.
Block-level officials approved the scheme for 1,807 farmers, covering about 4,771 acres of land.
The officer added that a 100% subsidy was offered to small and marginal farmers and others also benefited from a 75% subsidy under the scheme.
Drip irrigation is a brilliant agricultural practice that helps conserve both water and the nutrient content of the soil which enriches the soil for a good yield.
Coconut, which is a major crop in the district, has shown a 25 percent increase in yield when grown using drip irrigation.
Chitradevi said farmers can also reduce labor cost by adopting drip irrigation. She also added that weed and pest attacks were lower on farmland that used drip irrigation while growing crops.
Drip irrigation is a water irrigation method in which water is passed through a filter and into custom drip pipes with spaced emitters. A special slow-release system distributes water directly into the soil near the roots through the emitters.
Drip irrigation can help conserve water by reducing evaporation and deep drainage if properly designed, installed, and managed.
This method of irrigation delivers water and nutrients directly to the plant’s root zone, in the right amounts, at the right time, so that each plant gets exactly what it needs, when it needs it, to develop optimally.
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