Studies have shown that drip use increases productivity by 27 per cent in cotton and 52 per cent in banana. Also, huge quantities of water are saved (citrus 61 per cent, sugarcane 56, cotton 53, banana 45).
Rapidly growing adoption of micro-irrigation systems (drip and sprinkler) over the past seven years in Maharashtra has brought nearly 12 lakh hectares under its coverage, which is about one-third of the country’s total micro-irrigated area and also one-third of the state’s total irrigated area, which varies between 35 and 40 lakh hectares in a net cropped area of 175 lakh hectares. This has not just improved farm productivity but also saved precious water.
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