TAMIL NADU

Agriculture engineering dept. takes up water harvesting works

Staff Reporter

SALEM: The Agriculture engineering department has taken up 121 works for the construction of water harvesting structures under the rainwater harvesting and runoff management programme in the district at a cost of Rs.84.12 lakh.

Sunken ponds

A press release from the district administration said that structures such as percolation ponds, check-dams, village tanks and sunken ponds were being constructed under the programme.

Similar structures were also created with the financial assistance from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The department was carrying out a number of activities for recharging the groundwater through percolation ponds and check-dams with recharge pits in Gengavalli block. Theses activities were being taken up at a cost of Rs. 1.08 crore with the assistance from the Central Ground Water Board.

Subsidy

The release said that the department was extending a maximum subsidy of 25 per cent for purchasing machineries, including tractors (up to 35 hp), power tillers and agricultural implements such as rotovators, cultivators, threshers and cage wheels. This year, the department had planned to provide subsidy to the farmers to purchase four tractors and 32 power tillers.

Pump sets

The department had provided subsidy to the tune of Rs. 21.67 lakh for replacing old farm pump sets with new ones up to December 2006.

Soil conservation

It also proposed to undertake soil conservation measures in Shevaroys and Kalrayan hills, the release said.