Beneficial:Drip irrigation reduces wastage of water and use of electricity for pumpsets, besides giving higher crop yield.— File photo
The water scarcity in the region has left farmers a worried lot. Some horticultural farms, however, have bucked the trend, tackling the crisis by judicious use of resources.
At least five horticultural farms under the control of the Department of Horticulture, including a 196-acre farm at Yelchanahalli, about 15 km from here, have successfully tackled the summer thanks to the drip irrigation system.
These farms got the system installed last year, under the Comprehensive Horticulture Development scheme, sources in the department told The Hindu .
Mango, chikoo, oil palm and cocoa are cultivated this way.
Drip irrigation reduces wastage of water and use of electricity for pumpsets, besides giving higher crop yield.
Given the benefits of the system, the department is planning to have the system installed for other farms as well by next summer.
Assistant Director of Horticulture (State sector) Raju said that drip irrigation proved very useful for farms faced with depleting groundwater levels. “With good water management techniques, available water can be used effectively, ensuring reasonably good productivity.”
“At Yelchanahalli farm, there are hundreds of mango, coconut, cocoa and other varieties of crops grown on about 125 acres. With only two borewells, we almost managed the summer. If we had not installed the drip irrigation system, we would have faced difficulty in watering the crops with the available quantum of water,” he said.
Of the 196 acres at the farm, 75 acres have been given to the College of Horticulture.
The oil palm nurseries at Taraka and Kabini farms, Bheemanakolli farm and a farm in Hunsur taluk also have the drip irrigation system in place.
Mr. Raju said: “We are also awaiting the arrival of rains to ease the situation.”
The oil palm seed garden near Kabini reservoir is the State’s second seed garden after the one located in H.D. Kote taluk.
Drip irrigation reduces wastage of water and use of electricity for pumpsets
‘It is very useful for farms facing depleting groundwater levels’