Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that micro-irrigation for agriculture will not only save water but also increase the productivity.
Speaking to a Doordarshan’s Sahyadri channel on Sunday Fadnavis said that his government had also stepped up efforts to complete the incomplete irrigation projects.
He said in the first phase of micro-irrigation, only the required amount of water is given to crops after soil testing, while the dose of water is increased in the second phase.
Fadnavis said he is confident that in the next three years, most of the sugarcane farming would switch to micro-irrigation.
Fadnavis informed that the state government needs Rs 80,000 crore to finish incomplete irrigation projects and for this state- and district-level committees were set up for the technical evaluation of project.
Fadnavis also informed that the Centre has agreed to provide assistance of Rs 26,000 crore. The CM assured that when these projects are completed, state’s irrigation capacity would see a quantum jump.