PM Krishi Sinchayee Yojana to the rescue of Kodagu farmers

At a time when water table is depleting in Kodagu, the Agriculture department is getting ready to conserve water in 25 gram panchayats under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana.

 With rains playing truant, the groundwater in the district has depleted drastically. Even after sinking borewells for 300 to 400 feet, there is no guarantee of getting water, these days.

Though Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana came into effect last year, the department has decided to implement it effectively during the current year.

The Central government based on satellite images has identified a few areas in Western Ghats where water conservation activities can be taken up. Accordingly, percolation pits will be dug in 81 villages in these gram panchayats. The beneficiaries, whose land is identified in the satellite image, will get Rs 60,000. The amount could be used for, sinking the pits, removing the silt in the pit, development of the pit in the next five years, said an official from agriculture department.

To increase the ground water table, even “Thottilu gundi” will be constructed in coffee estates. The work on construction of vented dams, planting of silver trees would be taken up under the scheme. The Kodagu district would get a sum of Rs 3.17 crore for five years. If the scheme is implemented effectively, then water table would increase in the district, said officials.

Under the second phase, 11 villages of three gram panchayats in Madikeri taluk, the percolation pits have already been dug. With this, the recharge of the water table would be taken up during the monsoon. 15 metre long, 15 metre wide and three metre deep pits have been dug.

In the third phase, 10 gram panchayats in SOmwarpet taluk has been selected. In 2018, nine gram panchayats in Virajpet and five gram panchayats in Madikeri will be included.

Agriculture department officer Robert told DH: “The recede in rainfall has depleted grounf water table. It is a challenge for the growers in Malnad to safeguard the long term crops.

The percolation pits helps to check erosion of fertile soil. The department will not select the farmers. Based on the satellite image, the survey number farmer will be the beneficiary.”
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