J&K: Rs 17.60 cr to be utilised in agriculture sector under Per Drop More Crop scheme

An amount of Rs 17.60 crore will be utilised to increase agriculture productivityunder ‘Per Drop More Crop’, which is component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), for the current year in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials said 21 District Irrigation Plans (DIPs) have also been approved by a State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC).

They said the Union Government launched PMKSY in July 2015, to provide convergence to existing schemes of water management and to improve on-farm water efficiency and adoption of precision-irrigation and other water saving technologies.

At the national-level, the programme is supervised and monitored by an Inter-Ministerial National Steering Committee (NSC) under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.

At the state level, the scheme is administered by SLSC, chaired by the Chief Secretary, they said.

At the District level, there is a District level implementation committee for ensuring last mile coordination at the field level.

They said the DIPs are developed following intensive participatory consultation process including Panchayats besides leveraging technical, financial and human resources available with other line departments.

“DIPs identify the gaps in irrigation infrastructure, available and potential water resources and water requirement foragriculture sector prioritising the activities based on socio-economic and location specific requirement,” they said.

By compiling all the DIPs, a comprehensive ‘State Irrigation Plan’ for J&K has been prepared by the AgricultureProduction department for the ensuing 5 years (2016-2020), envisaging irrigation facility to every field through various interventions, they added.

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