Raipur, Aug 27 (IANS) Chhattisgarh will pump in Rs.3.6 billion to irrigate thousands of acres of farm land, officials said Sunday.
The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) will loan Rs.2.12 billion for the irrigation development project, which will be used to expand the irrigation command areas and to build irrigation channels.
'The ADB will assist the water resource development department to develop the irrigation network and help farmers adopt the latest technology and water management systems for bumper crops,' an official told IANS.
In the past two years Chhattisgarh has completed 130 small and medium scale irrigation projects that has helped irrigate 130,000 hectares.
In fiscal 2005-06, the government spent Rs.5.77 billion on various smaller irrigation projects mainly for the paddy rich belts of Kawardha, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Bilaspur, Janjgir, Dhamtari and Raipur districts.
'Despite a major leap in the irrigation sector since 2004, only 29 percent of the area can be irrigated which is far behind the national average of 48.90 percent. With ADB's help we hope to catch up with the national average by 2012,' the official added.