Shettar inaugurates Irrigation project in Shiggaon
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today inaugurated an Integrated Micro Irrigation project near Shiggaon in the district.
The project was developed by Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL) at a total cost of Rs 168.30 crore. The project aimed at making most efficient use of scarce water.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Shettar said such projects would offer perfect solution to states such as Karnataka, where more than 50 per cent of the villages were drought prone.
JISL Joint Managing Director Ajit Jain said that JISL once again have proved its calibre and completed this very challenging and revolutionary project. Traditional way of using the water is a matter of worry as it results in wastage of water. The government aimed to increase Water use capacity from traditional 35 per cent to that of 55 per cent. However using most advanced technology JISL has made it possible to increase it to 75 per cent. Drip irrigation was the first agriculture revolution in India where as this could be considered as the second revolution in the field.
The path-breaking project has been implemented by Karnataka Niravari Nigam Ltd., a Government of Karnataka Undertaking and it covered three Talukas of Shiggaon, Savanur and Hanagal. It will benefit around 8200 farmers from nearly 30 villages where in farmers will be able to make the most efficient use of water. The project will rejuvenate and irrigate around 9900 hectors of land and help the farmers who do not have wells for irrigation. The water will be lifted at discharge rate of 6.135 cumec from Varada River with the help of 10616 HP pump sets and 2000 mm/1200 mm diameters and then delivered to six delivery chambers. This water will be provided to the farmers on equal basis and would be formed with the help of sprinkler irrigation. The irrigation interval would be of five days to apply 14 mm of water to each farm and the crops would include sunflower, maize, ground nut, chilies, pulses and jowar. The very first project of its kind for collective farming through efficient use of water has become successful and set an ideal to be followed by other Indian states too.