Migrating Farmers from Flood to Micro Irrigation
Syngenta, a leading agri-business company, has launched a community irrigation infrastructure development programme through its CSR funds to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha
In a major boost to the irrigation potential of farmers of East Champaran, leading agri-business company Syngenta, with support from Syngenta Foundation India, has launched a community irrigation infrastructure development program through its CSR funds to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha.
Over 5000 farmers attended the event. The new technology powered by diesel pump and sprinklers enables farmers migrate from flood irrigation to micro irrigation and ensures savings of water and fertilizer of upto 40 percent. The project is especially useful for the district as the net sown area here is 304875 hectares while net irrigated area is 141000 hectares, indicating gaps.
Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav distributed certificate of participation to 14 farmers groups of the district in presence of Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, at a Krishi Kalyan Mela that saw participation from over 100 companies from private and public sectors. The 14 groups that would adopt these high-end irrigation machine can irrigate over 600-700 acres in few villages, informed KC Ravi, Vice President, Commercial Acceptance and Public Policy, Syngenta South Asia. With this machine, farmers will be able to make optimal use of their capability combined with water accessibility, leading to better productivity and profitability.
The mobile sprinkler (hosereel technology) is readily deployable in irrigation command area to double the area under irrigation. It can also be easily deployed where water conservation (check dams/farm ponds) activities are completed and especially effective for giving protective irrigation in case of prolonged dry spells.
The business model of this project is convenient for farmers. While 40 percent of the project cost comes as grant from Syngenta CSR funds, bank loans cater to another 40 percent, while farmers collectively have to bear remaining 20 percent. If 100 such community irrigation systems are established, it would bring approximately 45005000 acres under irrigation.
Ravi said that irrigation was a compelling priority and being a company consistently working for growers welfare this was important for us.
“This unique social intervention aims to tackle a problem of timely and sufficient availability of water to growers in this area," he added.
“Productivity can be further boosted if the foliar spray of micro nutrients is done using this technology. It has a very long pipe with sprinkler, which makes it convenient for irrigation of large tracts even as the machine is placed at one location,” Ravi said.
He added, “Most often, monsoon dependent farmers take one good kharif crop and keep their land fallow in Rabi, during which they migrate to cities to find employment. Farmers having access to assured irrigation not only enables him to save his Kharif crop, when there are long dry spells but provides an opportunity to take Rabi crop as well.”
KC Ravi Vice President, Syngenta South Asia Farmers having access to assured irrigation not only enables him to save his Kharif crop, when there are long dry spells but provides an opportunity to take Rabi crop as well