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Irrigation : A Necessary Input to Boost Agriculture

Dr. Anita Modi & Sanjay Kumar

Agriculture is the backbone of our country. Development prosperity and stability of agriculture depend on the efficient management of soil and water systems. In the context of water systems, irrigation is a pre condition for the success of agriculture. The importance of irrigation in agriculture is also amply clear from the fact that a major chunk of available water in the world is used in the agriculture sector. At the global level, 65 percent of the total available water is used in agriculture sector, 23 percent in industries and the remaining 8 percent is used for domestic and other purposes. Again, the need of excessive water for the production of agricultural output is quite obvious from the fact that about 1000 tones of water is required for the production of one ton of wheat. Thus, assured irrigation system is essential for the generation output, employment, and income and capital formation in agriculture.

 
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