It is feasible to scale back water utilisation by 40% to 60% by way of drip irrigation, says knowledgeable
The State authorities has come under attack for eradicating subsidy on drip irrigation, sprinklers, farm mechanisation, and agri processing in addition to worth addition, when the worldwide focus is on these to make agriculture a sustainable exercise.
Dr. M.H. Marigowda Horticultural Education and Research Foundation has taken exception to the withdrawal of subsidy and described it as a “retrograde” measure.
Addressing a press convention in Bengaluru on Friday, basis chairman and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bengaluru Ok. Narayana Gowda identified that Karnataka stood subsequent solely to Rajasthan in phrases of extent of drought-prone land. He stated it was attainable to scale back utilisation of water by 40% to 60% and improve yield stage by as much as 50% by way of drip irrigation.
“It is shocking to see that Karnataka has removed the drip irrigation subsidy at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasised per-drop-more-crop concept through such micro irrigation methods,” he stated.
Reduces energy prices
Also the drip irrigation technique was useful to the federal government because it reduces the electrical energy prices getting used for pumping water by 40%. It performs a serious position in guaranteeing meals safety by defending the standing crops throughout dry spells, he noticed.
In the absence of subsidy, farmers might not choose for drip irrigation as its value is excessive, he stated, whereas expressing concern that it will additionally end in quick depletion of groundwater desk. Similarly, the removal of farm mechanisation subsidy had additionally come as a shock to farmers as they needed to rely upon mechanisation because of scarcity of labour, he identified. Questioning the logic behind eradicating subsidy for agri processing models, he stated this could are available in the best way of exports and rising farmers’ revenue. Pointing out that of late a number of millet processing models had come up within the State, he stated eradicating the subsidy would hit them.
The subsidy for all these would quantity to solely ₹600 crore a 12 months, he stated, and urged the federal government to instantly restore them.