Cent per cent subsidy will be granted to small and marginal farmers choosing to go in for drip irrigation in Tiruchi district. According to a release from Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, Tiruchi district has been given a drip irrigation target of 950 hectares for horticultural crops and 535 hectares for other crops.

Earlier, small and marginal farmers were getting a subsidy of Rs. 43,816 an acre. As per the new order, small farmers will get 100 per cent subsidy (up to five acres), marginal farmers cent per cent subsidy (up to 2.5 acres), and other farmers 75 per cent subsidy. The maximum area eligible for subsidy is five hectares.

In order to get 100 per cent subsidy, the farmer should be small or marginal with own land or with 10-year lease. The land should have adequate water and should have a pumpset. Applications would be considered on first-come-first-served basis. Small and marginal farmers should have certificate from tahsildar. The subsidy would be paid according to the spacing adopted while raising the crops.

This subsidy would be extended through the Department of Horticulture.

Those interested could contact horticulture or agriculture officers in their region for details and applications.