Jain Irrigation Systems Limited has recently been awarded the Poorigali Integrated Micro Irrigation Project by Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited, Govt. of Karnataka through National Competitive Bidding. The path-breaking irrigation project is based on the concept of ‘Resource To Root’, globally pioneered and promoted by Jain Irrigation that will deliver ‘More Crop Per Drop’ to farmers.
The work order for the project valued at Rs 569 Cr was presented recently by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karanataka Mr. Siddharamaiah in a glittering ground breaking ceremony held at Malavalli Taluk, Mandya District, Karnataka.
The project will cover 25,317 Acres of farm area spread over 51 villages in the rain-shadow region of Malavalli Taluka of Mandya District in Karnataka. Out of the total water availability of 2.29 TMC, the project will utilize only 1.97 TMC, still ensuring cultivation for both the Kharif and Rabi seasons, besides meeting the perennial-crop water needs in the project area, thereby not only ensuring water security but also doubling the farm income.
The project involves lifting and conveying water from the river Cauvery all the way to the end user-farmer in a network of closed conveyance piping system, thereby saving water loss due to evaporation and percolation. Water use efficiency, thus, under this project will be as high as 85%.
The distribution network used in the project will be of HDPE pipes which have a life of more than 100 years. The project is expected to benefit more than 15,000 beneficiary farmers directly, doubling their income, besides catering to the water needs of 51 villages. The project will be implemented in 18 months’ time.