TS inks MoU with NABARD for Rs 874cr loan to extend micro irrigation scheme

Hyderabad: The Government of Telangana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) on Monday for release of Rs 874-crore loan for Telangana Horticulture Development Corporation to cover the 3.15 lakh acres under micro irrigation scheme for 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Telangana Agriculture Secretary Parthasarathi said farming in the State is rain fed and about 42.82 lakh acres depend on bore wells for irrigation. He said due to change in climatic conditions, the ground water level is going down and there is a need for the farmer to use micro irrigation. He said the use of micro irrigation not only saves water, but also enhances plant growth and yield, saves input cost, controls weeds, improves fertilizer efficiency, prevents soil erosion, minimizes diseases and pest problems.

Since the scheme’s inception in 2003, about 13.75 lakh acres have been covered under micro irrigation and still 29.05 lakh acres need to be covered. He said the physical target for the year 2016-17 under the NABARD project was 2.23 lakh acres spread across all the districts in the State. He said the remaining target of 89,000 acres will be covered in 2017-18.

Parthasarathi also said the government has decided to take applications of the beneficiaries through Mee Seva to have transparency. The Telangana State has 4,606 Mee Seva centers and the farmer can apply from the nearest center through bio-metric and details of the farmer are linked with the Aadhaar portal to reach actual beneficiary. He also said the farmer should carry Aadhaar card, land document or 1(B) form and caste certificate for applying through Mee Seva. Later, the application will be verified and according to seniority, field level primary inspection, bench mark survey, BOQ will be done and finally the equipment will be sanctioned to the beneficiary by geo-tagging it, he added. – NSS

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