Out of targeted 124 borewells, 108 dug out and handed over to MED
SRINAGAR: On establishment of Sprinkle System under National Saffron Mission (NSM) at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi chaired a review meeting here on Friday. During the meeting the status of irrigation system was discussed threadbare, an official press note read.
According to the press note, out of targeted 124 borewells 108 have been dug out and handed over to Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) and MED has harnessed 82 wells, whereas installation of sprinkle system stands completed at 12 sites and under progress other 52 sites. Meanwhile, 10 sites are operational whereas two sites need repairs.
Director agriculture asked Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Budgam, to identify sites along the periphery of Chewweader, Nowgam so that the areas were brought under irrigation. However, CAO informed the director that certain areas in Khrew, Wuyan had very deep-water table and needed digging beyond recommended norms. Andrabi directed the concerned wing to consider the matter and to ensure irrigation in such areas, the press note read. CAOs, according to the press note, also informed that crop cut experiments for saffron was under progress. “The flower picking is on and the results will be submitted to the higher quarters within a weeks’ time,” they assured.
By the end of this year, 50 borewell units will be connected with sprinkle irrigation system, concerned engineering wing assured the director.
Andrabi was apprised about four wells, where work is stalled or blocked due to various disputes.
Director agriculture also instructed the concerned CAOs to start the process of reimbursement of Rs. 5,000 to farmers in the areas that have been declared dry by the concerned engineering wing, the press note added.