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Jain Irrigation Bags World's Largest Integrated Micro Irrigation Project

India's largest micro irrigation company and agriculture conglomerate Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. has bagged an order for Rs.385.70 crore from Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL), a Division of Water Resources department of Karnataka, for the prestigious Ramthal-Marol Integrated Micro Irrigation Project in Karnataka.

The scope of contract involves survey, investigation, planning, designing, supply and execution of distribution system using HDPE/PVC piping network; formation of Water Users Co-operative Societies in convenient blocks; installation of on-farm fully automated Micro Irrigation System in 30.381 acre command area and two year's maintenance after commissioning and training and capacity building of farmers.

KBJNL is responsible for planning, investigation, estimation, execution, operation and maintenance of all irrigation projects coming under Upper Krishna Project (UKP).

This project is based on the unique concept of integrated Micro Irrigation. Successful commissioning of this project will assume the status of being the largest Micro Irrigation project of its kind in the world for improving water use efficiency in canal command areas through conduit distribution and use of Micro Irrigation Systems. Ramthal Integrated Micro Irrigation Project is a major breakthrough in adoption of Micro Irrigation with modern irrigation networks in the command areas.

Under this integrated project, water is to be delivered directly using HDPC/PVC piping network to irrigate 30,381 acre command area through Micro Irrigation System by providing pressurized piping network. More than 7000 farmers from this area comprising 35 villages of Bagalkot District in Karnataka, will benefit from the project. This revolutionary project would bring transformation in agriculture of Karnataka and will also bring the reforms in the irrigation methodologies of canal command areas.

Company's Joint Managing Director Atul Jain said, "We are excited and happy to receive such large order for uniquely designed project which will usher in significant benefits to all stakeholders considering backdrop of dwindling water supply in our country in inverse proportion to more demand for agriculture produce. We look forward to strong growth in future coming from various States which are trying to implement innovative solutions to counter water woes being faced by farming community. We thank Stated of Karnataka and B\KBJNL for being at the forefront of technology implementation for small holders."

At the BSE, Jain Irrigation Systems closed Monday's trading at Rs.70.95, down 1.05 percent from the previous close.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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