Under this scheme, micro irrigation (Drip and Sprinkler irrigation system) is being promoted to horticultural crops for which 50% subsidy will be given to the growers. Each beneficiary is assisted to install micro irrigation systems in their holdings to a maximum extent of 5 hectares. During 2007-08, an area of 1,30,100 acres is proposed to be covered with an outlay of Rs 104.00 Crores. The scheme is being implemented through the District Micro Irrigation Committee headed by the District Collectors in 29 districts (except Chennai). As micro Irrigation with fertigation can reduce requirement of water for sugarcane crop by 40% and protected from drought, this has been taken up in 74,100 acres with 50% subsidy to benefit sugarcane farmers.

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