New Delhi, There is no scarcity of water in the country but there is a need to improve upon the planning and management of water resources, Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said here on Thursday.
The Minister released a book ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’ published by NABARD at a function here. While addressing the gathering, he said,’ there is no scarcity of water in the country but we have to improve upon the planning and management of water resources.
Our Ministry and Government is thinking about innovative ways for better management of water resources. Proposal for three projects at Tuticorin, Paradip and Kandla are under consideration where sea water can be desalinised and used for irrigation and other works.’
He further said, ‘we are in a process to encourage pipelines in place of long canals. Piped and drip irrigation will definitely conserve water. We are committed for the vision of ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ and ‘Per Drop More Drop’. He also stressed on the need of water testing like soil testing before cultivating any crop. This will improve crop yield and avoid wastage of water also.’
Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, UP Singh emphasised on the need of short term measures also for water conservation. He said perforated Borings should be used for quick recharge and storage for underground water.
The book ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’ is based on study of 10 important crops by a team under the leadership of leading agricultural economist Dr Ashok Gulati. The ten important crops include rice, wheat, maize, pulses, oilseeds,sugarcane, cotton and potato etc.
The book suggests to realign cropping pattern keeping in view water scarcity of irrigation, ration irrigation supplies in canal irrigation system, improve micro-irrigation and invest in water harvesting and artificial recharge and encourage participatory irrigation management through water user association and farmer’s producer organisation.
Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, SK Pattanayak and NABARD Chairman Dr Harsh Kumar Bhanwala also spoke on the occasion.