T.N. tops in coverage under micro-irrigation

  • Tamil Nadu has emerged as the topper in coverage of area under micro-irrigation (MI) this year.
  • Of about 3.64 lakh hectares brought under MI, Tamil Nadu accounts for around 1.39 lakh hectares, accounting for 38% of the total coverage in the country, according to the website of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, a scheme aimed at improving on-farm water use efficiency through a number of measures such as MI.
  • Gujarat comes next to Tamil Nadu with a coverage of 77,858 hectares and Andhra Pradesh, 52,027 hectares. Maharashtra comes fourth with around 36,831 hectares and Uttar Pradesh with 25,680 hectares.
  • The Central government sanctioned the installation of 17,500 solar agricultural pump sets in the State. This has been done under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Uttham Mahabhiyan (PM-Kusum)scheme
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