Staff Reporter

SALEM: The district administration was allotted Rs. 7.22 crore to promote micro irrigation for horticulture crops, coconut and sugarcane.

In a statement, Collector N. Mathivanan said that the Government would provide 50 per cent subsidy to the farmers to adopt micro irrigation technology, comprising drip and sprinkler irrigation, particularly for horticulture crops such as fruits and flowers under the National Horticulture Mission. The technology was cost effective. Farmers could maximise the yield and get higher returns. They could save substantial amount of water through the technology, he said. The Collector urged the officials to spread awareness among farmers about the technology and encourage them to adopt it on a large scale. Guidance should be provided to them to get subsidy, he said. He also appealed to farmers to switch to high-yielding varieties of horticulture crops.

Members of the technical committee on micro irrigation, at a meeting here recently, highlighted the importance of technology and effective use of water.

Farmers could send the applications seeking subsidy for micro irrigation to the Collector. For details, they could contact agriculture and horticulture officials in the block development office. Farmers could contact the following officials for technical assistance: G. Mohan, Deputy Director of Horticulture. Ph: 0427-244347 or 94431-58121 and V. Inbaraj, Assistant Director, 0427-2441630 or 94422-40154.