Mechanization and Technology

Drip irrigation system by Netafim helped farmers gain 40 percent more yield and higher profit

19 July 2023, Madhya Pradesh: Netafim helped Shivpuri farmers grow more tomatoes with less spending on Agri inputs. Under the initiative, farmers were encouraged to adopt drip irrigation technology. The drip irrigation systems are provided through four Better Life Farming (BLF) Centres present in the Khajuri, Kolaras, and Pohari regions of the Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh. Netafim has implemented a drip irrigation system to cover 1,600 hectares of land in Shivpuri District. The farmers across the Shivpuri district have witnessed higher crop yields and higher total income. The drip irrigation technology has helped farmers grow ~30 tonnes of tomatoes in one acre and get a total income between INR 1.5 lac to 2.5 Lac compared to the previous 20 tonnes and income of 1 Lakh to 1.2 Lakh, in one acre.

Shivpuri District has a net cultivable area of 4 lacs hectares out of the total available land of 10 lacs hectares. It is one of the leading tomato crop producers in Madhya Pradesh. Traditionally, the district farmers produce 2.5 lacs metric tons of tomatoes in a total area of 8,145 hectares. Despite being famous for tomatoes, small farmers in Shivpuri often face challenges to cultivate and harvest tomato crops when the prices are optimum. One of the biggest reasons behind this is flood irrigation in tomato farming. This practice leads to an increase in Agri-input consumption, fertilizer wastage, getting tomato harvests of uniform size, and the growth of weeds. Tomatoes require a high-water supply, especially in the phase immediately after transplant, to reach their full potential in the production process. It is precisely where irrigation technology comes into play, and Netafim, a global BLF Alliance partner, has taken on this task.

To create a conducive farming environment and replicate the successful model of drip irrigation technology for tomato farm fields across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat, Netafim is constantly endeavoring to implement drip irrigation systems across the district. The company offers FlexNet Portable Drip Kit in the Shivpuri district for farmers to benefit from the flexibility and customization for their convenience. The community of farmers is benefiting from cutting-edge micro-irrigation solutions tailored to their farmland. The advanced technology offered by Netafim India has enabled farmers to optimize their farming practices and improve productivity and profitability. Drip Irrigation provides measured doses of water and nutrients at the right time directly to the root level, eventually reducing the input cost by 25 percent and increasing profitability for farmers.

The FlexNet Portable Drip Kit is available for as small as 1 Bigha plot and large fields. The drip kit comes in a box, thus, easily movable and convenient to carry. The farmers can install the drip kit without any technical support and labor. The kit offers multipurpose features. Once the farmers harvest the tomatoes, they can further use the sub-main pipe of the kit to do furrow irrigation during wheat harvest as well.

Speaking about the success, Mr. Amit Maheshwari, Head of Business Development, Netafim said, “Access to high-quality Agri inputs, financial and technical assistance are accelerated to tomato growers in Shivpuri through Better Life Farming centers. However, district farmers must focus on the optimum use of Agri inputs and time their tomato harvest. We believe sustainable technologies like the adoption of drip irrigation technology will augment tomato farming and make it a lucrative crop. We are happy to share that this technology is now available at the centers and in the easiest format possible. In the coming time, Better Life Farming Centres in conjunction with the expertise of Netafim will serve as catalysts for change in the agricultural landscape and foster a sustainable as well as prosperous farming ecosystem in the district”.

The state of Madhya Pradesh has an impressive total of 65 centers of BLF and continues to rise steadily. The successful alliance of Better Life Farming through its centers provides holistic farming solutions, including high-quality agricultural inputs, the finest seeds, and cutting-edge micro-irrigation technology in deep rural areas.

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