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Govt mum on irrigation, the weakest link in agriculture

DNMUM437888 | 6/18/2019 | Author : Dhaval Kulkarni | WC :421



Poor irrigation is one of the weakest links in the state’s water-stressed agriculture sector. However, for around seven years, the state economic survey has remained mum on the percentage of the gross irrigated area in Maharashtra.
The Economic Survey of Maharashtra 2018-19, which was tabled in the legislature on Monday, has not published figures of the net area sown, gross irrigated area, gross cropped area, and the percentage of gross irrigated area to gross cropped area. The survey, however, says instructions have been given in 2016 by the water resources department regarding the procedure to collect data.
In 2012, the economic survey had said that irrigation in Maharashtra had risen by just 0.1% to 17.9% between 2001 and 2
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