New Delhi: The area under drip irrigation has increased to 5.59 lakh hectares since the launch of the Micro Irrigation project by the Centre in January 2006.
Following the success, the scheme is being continued in
the Eleventh Plan (2007-2012), Minister of State for
Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K
V Thomas said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
Under the plan, 50 per cent of the installation cost,
which is split in the ratio of 40:10 between the Centre and
the state, is provided to the farmers.
For demonstration of the system, however, the assistance
is increased to 75 per cent, the minister said.
In 2006-07, the country had 3.46 lakh hectares under drip
irrigation while in 2007-08 it increased to 4.32 lakh