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Ministry has released the guidelines on National Mission on
Micro Irrigation (NMMI).
The new guidelines would enhance water use efficiency,
productivity in crops, and provide answer to water salinity
and water logging issues, the Ministry said.
The revised norms along with incorporation of additional
components would incentivise further investments in
water-saving technology to increase gross area under
cultivation. Thereby ushering next green revolution & food
security of our country.
NMMI was launched as a Mission from June 2010.
Prior to this, it was implemented as the centrally-sponsored
scheme, which brought more than two million hectares under
micro irrigation as against national potential 69 million ha.
NMMI would boost converge of micro-irrigation activities under
major government programmes such as National Food Security
Mission (NFSM), Integrated Scheme of Oilseeds, Pulses, Oil
palm & Maize (ISOPOM), Technology Mission on Cotton (TMC) etc.
for increasing water use efficiency, crop productivity and
The scheme also has an effective delivery mechanism that calls
for close coordination among the beneficiaries, the Panchayats,
the state implementing agencies and the registered system
suppliers for the increased area under gross cultivation.
For the current fiscal, Ministry of Agriculture has made an
allocation of Rs 1106 crore under NMMI.
The salient features of
the scheme are:
marginal farmers would get subsidy of 60 per cent and for
other beneficiaries, 50 per cent for an area up to 5 hectare
under the Government of India share.
of new components with advanced technologies on
micro-irrigation like semi permanent sprinkler system,
fertigation system, sand filter, different types of valves
Central share to the state implementing agencies instead of
Committee on Plasticulture Applications in Horticulture (NCPAH)
as the nodal agency provides suitable policy measures for
effective implementation of NMMI in the country.
NCPAH monitors the performance of 22 Precision Farming
Development Centres (PFDCs) and overall development of
precision farming methods and hi-tech interventions in general
in the country.
NCPAH through its PFDCs carries out research & development to
build database in plasticulture and suggest suitable
strategies in development of quality standards for products
used in plasticulture.
NCPAH would develop an on-line monitoring system for easy
access and simplified process as an effective tool for the
mission implementation and administration for increasing area
in water saving technologies under micro-irrigation in the