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Earnings up with drip irrigation in Tuticorin

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Farmers pleased; 65 per cent subsidy being offered for crops

ASSESSMENT: Horticulture officials inspecting a farm in Kayathar block in Tuticorin district. — Photo: N.Rajesh
ASSESSMENT: Horticulture officials inspecting a farm in Kayathar block in Tuticorin district. — Photo: N.Rajesh

In a bid to encourage horticulture farmers in Tuticorin district, 65 per cent subsidy is being provided for drip irrigation to all horticultural crops including flowers, vegetables and fruits.

A team of officials including Deputy Director of Horticulture, M.Syed Ahamed Miranji, Tuticorin, D.Nagarajan, Assistant Director of Horticulture, Kayathar, S.Raja Mohamed, Assistant Director of Horticulture, Vilathikulam and R.Avudaiappan, Horticultural Officer, Kayathar, assessed the plant growth and performance of the drip irrigation systems in Kayathar.

During the inspection they interacted with the farmers, who adopted drip irrigation method in various crops under the subsidised scheme of precision farming dovetailed with micro-irrigation scheme in four hectares. Farmers had benefited from cultivation of rose, banana and brinjal crops.

R.Uma Maheswari, a farmer from Koottupannai, a hamlet of Panneerkulam, said she was cultivating rose (Edward variety) on one hectare under precision farming.

She said, “I was able to get 8, 582 kilograms of flowers in a year. I could earn a maximum of Rs 4,29, 000. Previously, an income of Rs 3,40,000 was generated under conventional method of irrigation from the yield of 6, 670 kilograms of flowers. But now, I could maximise the net profit to the tune of Rs 90,000.”

S.Vellaithuraipandi of Vadakku Konar Kottai, a farmer, who cultivated Monthan, a variety of banana on one hectare, said he was happy over the increased yield after the drip irrigation system came into stay in his farm.

A beneficiary under precision farming, K.Subburaj of Keezha Koottupannai, who cultivated brinjal on a hectare, said he was able to get about 40 to 50 per cent increase in yield.

Mr. Miranji said the farmers could enjoy the benefits doubly from drip irrigation in horticultural crops by saving irrigation water while substantially enhancing the yield and income. Moreover, the water saved through drip irrigation could be used for other vegetation. A target of 505 hectares had been fixed to cover under drip irrigation for the horticultural crops in the district, he added.

“Drip irrigation saves 40 to 68 per cent water while ensuring 14 to 98 per cent increase in yield,” said Mr. Nagarajan. “The plant is not put under any stress at any stage of crop growth, since the root zone is wet to create a conducive environment for the crop growth,” Mr. Mohamed, added.

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