Maharashtra drip irrigation mandatory for sugarcane crop.

The Maharashtra government has made drip irrigation mandatory for sugarcane crops in all the irrigated command areas across the state. More than half the land in Maharashtra is drought-prone and this decision is considered a formidable step towards water conservation. The government install drip irrigation system in the fields of total 3.7 lakh hectares in a phased manner within the next two years. The state provides a loan with an interest rate of only 2%. The amount of loan will be Rs 85,400 per hectare.