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Economic Review: Prominence to Increase Ground Water Level for Farming
The first financial assessment of the Narendra Modi government's second term was highlighted in 2018-19 to improve the groundwater level for agriculture. It says that domestic priority should be given to 'irrigate water productivity ' with ' land productivity.' Farmers need to make it viable while enhancing policies, and enhancing water use should be a domestic concern. According to the third Advance Estimates published by the Ministry of Agriculture, total food grain production in 2018-19 is estimated at 283.4 million tonnes compared to 285 million tonnes in 2017-18 crop year (July-June).
Nirmala Sitharaman submitted Parliament's Economic Review 2018-19 where she mentioned that the continuing decrease in water levels is problematic for farming. Approximately 89% of groundwater is used for irrigation, according to Asian Water Development Outlook 2016. Because of the present irrigation trend, groundwater is constantly falling, which is a matter of concern.
About 89% of groundwater derived is used for irrigation and crops such as paddy, and sugar cane consumes more than 60% of irrigation water.
Source: Outlook Agriculture, July 4, 2019
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