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Jain Irrigation Wins Rs 569 Cr Micro Irrigation Bid in Karnataka

NEW DELHI: Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL) has been awarded the Poorigali Integrated Micro Irrigation Project by Cauvery Neeravari Nigam, government of Karnataka through National Competitive bidding.

The project is based on the concept of ‘resource to root’ globally pioneered and promoted by Jain irrigation which will deliver More Crop Per DropTM to farmers.

The work order for the project valued at Rs. 569 Croroes was presented by the Karnataka Chief Minister in a glittering ground breaking ceremony held at Malavalli Taluk, Mandya District, Karnataka on 20th April 2017. He was accompanied by WRD Minster M B Patil and other Govt functionaries. Over 50,000 farmers were present.

Being the first of its kind in the country, the project will cover 25317 acres of farm spread over 51 villages in the rain-shadow region of Malavalli Taluk in Mandya District of Karnataka. Out of the total water availability of 2.29 TMC, the project will utilize only 1.97 TMC.

The project involves lifting and conveying water from the river Cauvery all the way to the end user farmer in a network of closed conveyance piping system, thereby saving water loss due to evaporation and percolation. The issue of land acquisitions for conveyance of water through canals is also avoided. The water use efficiency is further improved by utilizing the water so brought, through Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation Systems by means of a centralised wireless automation system, Water use efficiency, thus under the project will be as high as 85 percent.

Major crops considered under this project would be vegetables, pulses, oilseed crops like groundnut, semi-arid crops like ragi, vegetables and floriculture.

The distribution network used in the project will be HDPE pipes which have a life of more than 100 years. In order to optimize energy and recurrent cists, water conveyance is proposed through gravity in over 10127 acres in the project

The project will also be using state-of-the-art agricultural technology by way of fully automated water delivery systems and fertigation to maximize crop productivity as well as avoiding chemical residues in soils, ensuring soil health security.

The project also envisages filling up of 12 tanks in the command area of meeting water requirements of allied activities like domestic drinking water needs, water for cattle and such other purposes other than agriculture besides recharging ground water. The tanks are proposed to be filled up by conveying water through large diameter HDPE pipes.

The project will be implemented in 18 months’ time.

The project is expected to benefit more than 15000 beneficiary farmers directly, doubling their income, besides catering to the water needs of 51 villages.

The project at Poorigali has reaffirmed numero uno status of Jain Irrigation in the field of water resources management and agriculture in the country. Jain Irrigation is a pioneer and global leader in using cutting-edge precision irrigation technology for the benefit of small and large framers across the world