Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari released a book ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’ published by NABARD in a function at New Delhi 14 June 2018.
Our Ministry and Government are thinking about innovative ways for better management of water resources. Proposal for three projects at Tuticorin, Paradip, and Kandla are under consideration where seawater can be destabilized and used for irrigation and other works.
The book ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’ is based on a 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.
Piped and drip irrigation will definitely conserve water. We are committed to the vision of ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ and ‘Per Drop More Drop’. He also stressed the need for 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 Shri U.P. Singh emphasized on the need for short-term measures also for water conservation. He said that perforated Borings should be used for quick recharge and storage for underground water.