Coimbatore: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa should take active part in the Centre’s new initiative to ensure “more income and crops per drop of water”, renowned agricultural scientist
“Now that the Cauvery tribunal has given its judgement on water allocation in the river basin, the time has come to concentrate on efficient use of available water,” he said while addressing the Agricultural Science Congress here.
If these states take part in the initiative, to be launched in June, maximum income can be generated through synergy among water, crops, macro and micro-nutrients, implements and markets, he said.
The region comprising Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP), West Bengal and Assam, which has abundant water and good soil, should pay attention to the conservation-cultivation-consumption-commerce chain in totality, he said.
In the fertile crescent of Punjab, Haryana and western UP, assured and remunerative marketing opportunities can stimulate farmers to produce more, Swaminathan said.