Haryana to set up Community Tanks

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Chandigarh, Feb 9 (UNI) The Haryana government has launched an scheme for setting up of Community Tanks in the state so that optimum use of water could be made especially in the arid areas.

While giving this information here today, Haryana Agriculture Minister H S Chatha said that a sum of Rs 25.20 crore has been earmarked to implement the scheme during the current financial year.

While giving the details of the scheme, Mr Chatha said that under the National Horticulture Mission a provision of 100 per cent subsidy has been made on setting up of Community Tanks under the component of water resources management and a sum of maximum Rs 10 lakh will be given to irrigate 25 acres of land under horticultural crops.

''Keeping in view the non-availability of water particularly in the dry spell, community water is the only alternate to irrigate the plants throughout the year,'' he said.

Mr Chatha said that as many as 380 water tanks has been sanctioned in the state upto December 2007 and out of these 243 Community Tanks were under construction. He said that as many as 137 such Community Tanks have already been completed.

Horticulture crops cover 5.1 per cent of the gross cropped area corresponding to 3.29 lakh hectares and with an annual production of horticultural crops in the state is 36.1 lakh Metric Tonnes. He expressed hope that after the implementtion of the Community Tanks scheme, the Horticulture crops would get a special boost in the state.

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