GUWAHATI, Feb 18 � The sprinkler irrigation system has in recent times evoked great enthusiasm among the farmers of Majuli subdivision in Jorhat district, disclosed Dr Tapan Dutta, Agriculture Adviser to the Chief Minister, while talking to this newspaper here on Thursday.
Their interest was evident from their active participation in the distribution-cum-practical training programme organised by the State Department of Agriculture at Garamur in the river island recently.
It may be pertinent to add here that Dr Dutta had conceptualised and pursued the programme for its multi-purpose use, i.e., for irrigation, both in the conventional and non-conventional manner. Accordingly, the technocrat supplied one set to a farmer of Bhakat Chapori in 2008 through the DRDA project director.
Appreciating its utility value, 20 sets were subsequently procured by the young farmers of the area. The effort to incorporate scientific inputs, it may be mentioned, was coordinated by Nayan Kumar Borah, Agriculture Development Officer of Kamalabari.
Based on this response, Dr Dutta prepared a demonstration programme to cover the entire subdivision with the approval of the Chief Minister. The State Department of Agriculture had in the meantime taken up the matter with the ARIAS society, which subsequently released Rs 22 lakh through the ATMA programme.
A total of 58 sprinkler sets were distributed among the farmers of 20 gaon panchayats by the local MLA Rajib Lochan Pegu at a function presided over by Badri Narayan Sonar, SDAO in the presence of Krishna Barua, SDO (Civil). S Haque, executive engineer (Agriculture) presented an account of the scheme while Dr Tapan Dutta explained about its application and irrigation management, in addition to active participation in the field demonstration.
While discussing the efficiency of the sprinkler irrigation system with this newspaper, Dr Dutta mentioned that it was a farmer-friendly means for ensuring increased productivity and crop diversification, particularly in flood-affected areas. Efficient use of irrigated water helped to optimise income generation, the technocrat added.