Staff Reporter

Plan designed for the benefit of small and marginal farmers

SALEM: The ground water division of the Public Works Department has initiated efforts to promote the scheme for Artificial Recharge of Ground Water through Dug Wells to augment ground water resources and ensure its sustainability, Collector N. Mathivanan said.

Participating at the district-level implementation and monitoring committee meeting held here recently, the Collector said the scheme was primarily designed for the benefit of small and marginal farmers. The primary objectives of the scheme included intensifying artificial recharge and increasing the sustainability of wells. Small and marginal farmers would be given a sum of Rs. 4,000 each as subsidy to construct recharge structures such as a drainage channel with a filter media close to their wells. A sum of Rs. 2,000 would be given as subsidy to other farmers.

The Department has planned to cover all the blocks in the district except Yercaud and Edapadi blocks under the scheme.

As a part of the promotional activities, the department would select one well in every panchayat union and construct a model artificial recharge structure.

This structure would be utilised to explain the benefits of the scheme and motivate farmers to avail the subsidy, the Collector said.

The Department would also conduct awareness programmes in different parts of the district in association with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

The scheme would enable the farmers to conserve water. The ground water level in the district could be improved through the effective implementation of the scheme, officials said in the meeting.

Bankers and senior officials from various departments were present in the meeting.