Implementation of Micro Irrigation program reviewed
The APC & Secretary to Govt. Agri. & Coop. Department has reviewed the implementation of Micro Irrigation program with NABARD assistance during 2016-17 and 2017-18 with the District Officers of Horticulture Department and Representatives of MI Companies.
During the review, while appreciating the efforts of the DHSOs and MI Companies in the work done so far, the APC said he has instructed the officials to take this as a challenge and ensure that the program was completed successfully within the framework of the guidelines formulated. He directed the District Officers to cooperate with NABCONS, which is the agency for third party verification of the project. They were requested to share their views and see to it that there are no defects in implementation.
The APC & Secretary to Govt. reiterated that the data on Fruit Crops should be submitted after due verification. The DHSOs should saturate MI coverage in all the perennial crops first. He has informed that it is mandatory to cover the SC/ST beneficiaries and the DHSOs should cover all the SC /ST applicants giving due publicity as we are providing 100% subsidy to polyhouse farmers time to time for crop planning and guidance management.
He had in detail reviewed the District-wise and MI Company-wise performance and issued specific instructions to expedite the process and complete the program within the time line fixed. Negligence on part of the officers as well as MI Companies shall not be tolerated. He also asked the companies to post adequate staff in the District wherever work was there. The quality and quantity must be accurate and the material which is supplied to be accurate and crop water requirement to be educated to the farmers. The Companies to educate about water requirement/fertigation schedule time. The APC also addressed the farmers on poly houses training program and sericulture officers to work hard and achieve the targets.
L. Venkatram Reddy, Commissioner of Horticulture, P. Satya Prasad, G.M., NABARD, C.S.R. Murthy, D.G.M., NABARD, Malkit Singh, vice-president, NABCONS, officers from the Department of Horticulture, NABARD and NABCONS and representatives of MI Companies attended the meeting.