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

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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

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