Developments with respect to irrigation

The following points highlight the developments of irrigation under five years plans in India.

Some of the developments are:

  1. Extension of Irrigated areas
  2. Development of Multi-purpose Projects
  3. Development of Minor Irrigation Projects
  4. Command Area Development Programme

Government initiative

  • Government has initiated micro irrigation in the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007). Since then, keen initiatives are being taken by Central Government, State Governments, some NGOs and some business firms to promote and propagate this new technology.
  • Micro-irrigation has been given special importance in Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) with the aim of extending irrigation cover (‘Har Khet Ko Pani’) and improving water use efficiency (‘Per Drop More Crop’) to improve various water development and management activities.
  • Under the programme, financial assistance of up to 55 per cent is available for small and marginal farmers and 45 per cent for other farmers for adoption of micro-irrigation systems.