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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:49 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 10:37 AM (IST)

State to promote micro-irrigation

Chandigarh, June 9

Aiming for sustainable water management, the state 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 on 1,000 acres will be undertaken. While 900 acres will have surface-based drip system, the remaining sub-surface-based drip system, Tandarust Punjab Mission Director KS Pannu said.

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

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 per cent 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 cotton crop was brought under the drip irrigation system. — TNS/IANS

To cover 1,000 acres

For 2019, the state has set a target of irrigating 1.5 lakh hectares. Of this, micro-irrigation of maize on 1,000 acres will be undertaken. While 900 acres will have surface-based drip system, the remaining sub-surface-based drip system.

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