Micro Irrigation (MI) Scheme
· It will be a Centrally Sponsored Scheme under which out of the total cost of the MI System, 40% will be borne by the Central Government, 35% by the State Government and the remaining 25% will be borne by the beneficiary either through his/her own resources or soft loan from financial institutions (the subsidy for Drip Irrigation in Bijapur & Kolar districts is 100%)
· Assistance to farmers will be for covering a maximum area of five ha per beneficiary family.
· Assistance for drip and sprinkler demonstration will be 75% for the cost for a maximum area of 0.5ha per beneficiary which will be met entirely by the Central Government.
· The Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs)will be involved in selecting the beneficiaries.
· All categories of farmers are covered under the Scheme. However, it need to be ensured that at least 25% of the beneficiaries are Small & Marginal farmers.
· The focus will be on horticultural crops being covered under the National Horticulture Mission. However there is a provision to include all horticultural crops. A cluster approach will be adopted.
· The Scheme includes both drip and sprinkler irrigation. However, sprinkler irrigation will be applicable only for those crops where drip irrigation is uneconomical.
· There will be strong HRD input for the farmers, field functionaries and other stake holders at different levels. Besides there will be publicity campaigns, seminars/workshops at extensive locations to develop skills and improve awareness among farmers about importance of water conservation and management.
· The Precision Farming Development Centres (PFDCs) will provide research and technical support for implementing the scheme.
*All the National level, National Committee on Plasticulture Application in Horticulture (NCPAH) will be responsible for coordinating the Scheme, while the Executive Committee on Micro Irrigation (ECMI) will approve the Action Plans. At the State level the State Micro Irrigation Committee will coordinate the programme, while at the District level the District Micro Irrigation Committee will oversee the programme.
*The Scheme will be implemented by an Implementing Agency (IA) appointed by the State Government, which will be District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA) or any identified Agency, to whom funds will be released directly on the basis of approved district plans for each year.
*The IA shall prepare Annual Action Plan for the District, get it forwarded by the DMIC & SMIC for approval by the Executive Committee (EC) of NCPAH.
*Payment will be made through crossed cheque. If the cheque is in the name of the system supplier, the same will be delivered through the farmer/beneficiary.
*Registration of System Manufactures will be done by the SMIC for the use
of the Districts.
*Supply of good quality system both for drip and sprinkler irrigation having BIS making proper after sales services to the satisfaction of the farmer is paramount.
For further details contact District Deputy Director of Horticulture (ZP)/ Taluk Senior Assistant Director of Horticulture/ Assistant Director of Horticulture