Lucknow . Efforts of the state government to provide more irrigation facilities to farmers in UP are paying off. A total of 11 projects have been completed in the last three years in which 2.21 lakh hectares of additional irrigation capacity has been created and 2.33 lakh farmers have been benefited. A UP spokesperson said on Saturday that a total of nine projects are targeted to be completed in the current financial year, which will create an additional irrigation potential of 16.41 lakh hectares and will benefit 40.48 lakh farmers.
On Saturday, the government spokesman said that along with providing boring facilities to the farmers in the state, tubewells will now be operated with solar energy. Boring facility of shallow, medium and deep tube wells will be provided to the farmers. Solar pumps of various capacities are also being installed under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Energy Security and Upliftment (PM Kusum) scheme for the purpose of alternative energy management in place of diesel and electricity for irrigation to farmers.
Irrigation facility is being provided to small marginal SC, ST and other categories of farmers of the state through schemes such as free boring group mini green tubel, pond construction for rainwater harvesting etc. Not only this, under the Free Boring Scheme, assistance of Rs 10 thousand per beneficiary is also being provided to scheduled castes and marginal farmers.
The spokesman said that the present government is doing planned work to get rid of the problem of floods permanently. He said that now the projects related to flooding are starting in January itself and will be completed by May before the rainy season.