Horticulture Department Promoting Drip Irrigation
The Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crops has set its focus on expanding utility of drip irrigation scheme
and popularising protected cultivation methods. Small farmers are given 100 per cent subsidy and others are entitled to 75
per cent subsidy for promoting drip irrigation.
According to official figures, in the last five years, for installation of drip irrigation in 9,300 hectares, subsidy
totalling Rs. 51 crore was provided to 9,534 beneficiaries. This year alone, Rs. 31.10 crore will be utilised as subsidy
for covering 4,662 hectares under drip irrigation.
Farmers were sensitised to what officials described as the methods of doubling production and tribling income through drip
irrigation and protected cultivation at a recent meeting in Kavindapadi. Officials and agricultural experts discussed the
utility derived from the schemes of National Horticulture Board for turmeric, banana, tapioca, amla, flower, mango and
Subsidy of Rs. 2.41 crore will be provided to farmers dependent on horticulture crops raised in 295 hectares during the
current year. Environment Minister K.C. Karuppannan, who inaugurated the sensitisation programme, said, a subsidy of Rs.
8.58 crore was disbursed for 11,382 beneficiaries who had raised horticulture crops in an area of 9,306 hectares.
Officials said, Rs. 77.8 lakh will be spent during this year for Rs. 77.8 lakh will be spent during this year by the
Department will likewise accord importance for x.