Staff Reporter

They will get a subsidy of Rs. 10,000 an acre

Krishnagiri: District Collector Santhosh Babu has asked coconut farmers to adopt drip irrigation system to increase their crop yield.

Drip irrigation scheme is being implemented in the district with 50 per cent subsidy for 2007-08 under the National Horticulture Mission. Under this scheme, a farmer can get subsidy of Rs. 10,000 an acre subject to a maximum of 10 acres.

A total of 400 acres of coconut would be covered under drip irrigation in the current year. The Department of Agriculture has identified more than 250 farmers for the installation of micro irrigation systems. About five firms have been identified in Krishnagiri district under this scheme, he said.

According to Assistant Director, Agriculture, Pachiappan, water can be applied at the right time at the right place in required quantity.

This facilitates irrigation of additional area with the available well water in the farm. Labourers are not needed for the purpose.

Soluble fertilizers can be mixed with water during drip irrigation. This reduces the wastage of fertilizers. Fertilizer intake by the crop could be maximised, he said.

Under the micro-irrigation scheme, the district administration will extend 50 per cent subsidy in drip and sprinkler irrigation to farmers for cultivation of horticulture crops such as mango, guava, neem, banana and cashew nut.

A subsidy of Rs. 30,000 or a maximum of 25 per cent of the total cost would be provided to farmers to buy tractors and power tillers.

In addition, a subsidy of 25 per cent would be given to farmers to buy agriculture implements including disc plough and paddy transplanting machine.

The Collector has asked eligible farmers to approach the Agriculture Extension Centres in the district for installation of drip irrigation systems.