Chandigarh-Underlining the continuing efforts to spice up agricultural infrastructure and guarantee sustainable water sources for the good thing about farming group, Punjab Water Resources and Soil & Water Conservation Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra at this time reiterated that Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann-led authorities is dedicated to enhancing agricultural irrigation services within the state by offering different agro-irrigation services along with tubewells.
He knowledgeable that greater than 15 lakh tubewells are irrigating 29 lakh hectares with 50 to 55 p.c effectivity via open and unlined water programs, on account of which the bottom water degree is quickly and repeatedly declining. As per estimates, 20-25 per cent of water is misplaced within the open channels (khals) that are by and enormous unlined. Apart from this, round 10 thousand hectares used for development of subject channels is taken out of crop manufacturing.
He mentioned that maintaining this in thoughts, the state authorities has made preparations to supply canal water to the farmers for agricultural use, below which the federal government has restored 13471 water programs to make sure canal water to the tail finish.
The Cabinet Minister mentioned that other than tube wells and canal sources, irrigation water is being supplied to farmers via Underground Pipeline System (UGPS). These pipes are buried at the least 3 toes under the bottom and customarily substitute water programs (khals) for irrigation, which take water from canal retailers, widespread or particular person tubewells, village ponds, farm water storage tanks, sewage remedy crops, perennial and non-perennial river, seasonal rivulet and so on.
“This technology is widely accepted by farmers and has proved to be highly useful in on-farm conservation of irrigation water during the last few decades”, mentioned the Cabinet Minister, including that various analysis research carried out by ICAR, NABARD and PAU Ludhiana have proved that UGPS saves 10-20 per cent of water as per soil situations and appreciable labour. UGPS is a extremely environment friendly system because it has helped in catching up the time hole of standard irrigation system that ends in apparent saving of electrical energy/diesel on account of decrease operating hours of tubewells. Replacing the open water programs with underground pipeline additionally saves about 1 per cent of land which may be introduced below cultivation. UGPS helps in not solely optimum utilization of accessible floor water but additionally saving of treasured floor water.
- Jauramajra mentioned that Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann led authorities has laid over 2945.72 km of pipelines via the water sources and Soil & water conservation departments throughout its 22-month tenure, which has benefitted greater than 67, 926 hectares of land within the state.