Use new tech to improve farm produce

New Delhi, Nov 17 | Updated: Nov 18 2005, 06:10am hrs
The chairman of the National Commission on Farmers, MS Swaminathan has called for "more crop per drop" while emphasising on new water efficient technologies in the country. Under the Bharat Nirman Programme, the government has already decided to irrigate an additional 1 crore hectare.

Speaking at the International Conference on Plasticulture and Precision Farming in the Capital, he said that the crop production can be multiplied with technological advantages in a farmer friendly manner. u

He emphasised that farmers should go in for training programmes to be able to successfully implement new technologies. Government and financial institutions should organise self-help groups (SHGs) to help farmers access technology at the community level, Mr Swaminathan said.

As drip, sprinkler and precision irrigation technologies are subsidised, he said, there is a great need for certification and quality control over the firms, which are producing them.

The Union water resources minister, Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, while inaugurating the conference called for necessary steps for better implementation of new irrigation technologies by involving all stakeholders.The States which have adopted these new technologies, have already tasted success, he informed.

Mr Dasmunsi also called for development of region-specific technologies for optimum results and benefits to farmers. He also inaugurated an exhibition of various drip, sprinklers and micro irrigation technologies.