Tamil Nadu chilli farmers benefit from 'drip irrigation' technique

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Chennai, Mar 26 (ANI): The drip irrigation technique has benefited chilli farmers in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri district.

"Drip irrigation is better for chilli cultivation. Using normal cultivation methods, farmers received revenue of between Rs 75,000 to 80,000. With the help of drip irrigation system, we receive amount between one to one and a half lakh rupees out of which we are able to save one lakh as profit," said Rajkumar, a farmer.

The National Horticulture Scheme provides chilli farmers with access to improved irrigation techniques and subsidy.

"In the horticulture department, under National Horticulture Scheme, an area of expansion is being implemented. In this scheme, 80 hectares of chilli is being covered this year. A subsidy of 11,250 rupees per hectare is provided," said Nagalingam, Assistant Director of National Horticulture.

In 2009, red chillies were cultivated in 67,000 hectares in Tamil Nadu.

India has immense potential to export different types of chillies demanded by local as well as many international markets.

Chilli exports have been rising over the last few years due to increased demand and short supply from other major producing countries like China and Pakistan.

Indian chillies are exported to United States, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Nepal, Bangladesh and the other Gulf countries. (ANI)

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