In Punjab, it is important to promote Micro Irrigation systems which give irrigation efficiency as high as 80%-90% in case of Drip irrigation and 60%-70% in case of Sprinkler irrigation in comparison of normal irrigation efficiency of 30%-40%.Punjab Government has been providing total assistance @ 80% of actual market cost of Micro Irrigation to farmers. Additional top-up subsidy over and above RKVY has been provided out of ‘Project for Promotion of Micro Irrigation (NABARD-RIDF-20)’. Additional 10% subsidy is also provided to Women, Small/Marginal and SC farmers. There is no maximum ceiling of area and additional subsidy burden is met out of RIDF-20 project. MI systems include Drip and Sprinklers. Sprinklers Irrigation Systems cover Micro Sprinklers, Mini Sprinkler, Portable Sprinklers, Semi-permanent Sprinklers and Large Volume Sprinklers (Rain Guns) on all types of Horticulture and Agriculture crops. Special emphasis is being given on promotion of Rain Guns for cultivation of DSR Paddy in areas following Rice-Wheat Cycle.

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