Madhya Pradesh government has renovated 229 old irrigation projects in 30 districts and the agricultural productivity has clearly increased. Here’s how the potential of these irrigation projects can be fully tapped now.
The Madhya Pradesh government has renovated all irrigation projects constructed before 1986.
A total of 229 projects, which were watering half their potential capacity, have now been renovated and can be utilised in a better way.
The construction work costed Rs. 2,498 crore and was done with the help of Water Sector Restructuring funded by the World Bank. The renovation works of the projects in 30 districts will be complete by next month.
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After renovation, the potential of these projects can be fully tapped and will help in advanced farming, horticulture, animal husbandry and other agricultural projects.
Thanks to the renovated systems, Rabi irrigation through the Chambal canal has improved.
The canal has irrigated over 3 lakhs hectare after renovation, which is much higher than the 78,000 hectares it irrigated in 2009-10.
Other issues like environmental conservation, social development and women’s empowerment have also been included in the project.
The entire project was implemented in partnership with the Water Sector Consumer Bodies. The availability of proper irrigation will enable the use of advanced farming techniques by the farmers.
Thanks to the successful implementation of the project, agricultural productivity of the farmers has already increased, claimed the government.