Hunagunda (Bagalkot): After the implementation of the biggest micro-drip irrigation system, now the Hunagunda of North Karnataka is all set to become “Agriculture Processing Corridor ” with processing units, direct markets, agri-related industries etc.
The State government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 15 companies for a comprehensive agriculture programme from seed sowing to providing markets. This corridor will include Hunagunda, Raichur, Koppala, Vijayapur, and Bagalkot, which would play an important role in the financial growth of the farmers, said Minister for Water Resources M B Patil.
With the success of world’s largest micro-drip irrigation system, it has been decided to expand micro drip irrigation to 13 lakh acres in coming 5 years. With this 20% of the total rain-dependent area of the state would come under micro-drip irrigation system. “However, only state government cannot fund all drip irrigation projects. The Centre should give at least 50 % subsidy,” he argued.
Under the expansion programme, 5.50 lakh acre of Upper Badra will be covered. Along with this, 2.5 lakh acres in Singatalur, 2.8 lakh acres of Koppal, 75,000 acres of Malavalli, 50,000 acres in Tarikere will be included. Private participation will also be considered during the execution.
On a practical basis, micro-drip irrigation will be implemented in 60,000 acres of Ramathala(Marola) of Hunagunda taluk. Around 15,000 farmers of 55 villages of the taluk are benefited by this. Farmers can grow around 23 crops under this irrigation system, the outcome is also more, the minister said.
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