Punjab to bring 1,000 acres under micro-irrigation

Chandigarh: Aiming for sustainable water management, the Punjab government here on Sunday announced that it would promote micro-irrigation of maize on 1,000 acres this season.

For 2019, the government has set a target of irrigating 1.5 lakh hectares. Of this, micro-irrigation of maize crop in 1,000 acres would be undertaken. While 900 acres would have a surface-based drip system, the remaining sub-surface-based drip system, Tandrust Punjab Mission Director K.S. Pannu said.

Four micro-irrigation companies would take up drip irrigation projects for maize in 10 acres each, Pannu said.

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Dharminder Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Soil, said drip irrigation would help conserve water and increase yield. The department is ready to launch it on a large scale.

Experts from Punjab Agricultural University said they had conducted sub-surface drip irrigation experiments during the maize-wheat-moong cycle and it should be promoted on a mass scale.

The companies also urged reducing the 12 percent goods and services tax (GST) on micro-irrigation to zero.

Earlier, a pilot micro-irrigation project was conducted for cotton by the Soil Conservation Department. Under it, 200 acres of the cotton crop was brought under the drip irrigation system.


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