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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The need for new ways of irrigation practices and water usage methods was stressed upon in the First Training Program of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) for All India Services Officers (IAS/IFS) at National Water Academy (NWA), Pune on Monday 24 August 2015.

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Under the recently launched central scheme Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), it has been decided to organize training programs for all India Services Officers (IAS/IFS) of recent three Batches. The National water Academy (NWA) has been designated as Resource Institute for organizing the first Training programs of the series with western states of the country namely Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan, wherein about 20 IAS/IFS officers are participating.

The Major objective of the PMKSY is to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level, expand cultivable area under assured irrigation (Har Khet Ko pani), improve on- farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of water, enhance the adoption of precision irrigation and other water-saving technologies (more crop per drop), enhance recharge of aquifers and introduce sustainable water conservation practices by exploring the feasibility of reusing treated municipal based water for peri-urban agriculture and attract greater private investment in precision irrigation system. The scheme also aims at bringing concerned Ministries/Department/Agencies/Research and Financial Institutions engaged in creation/use/recycling/potential recycling of water, brought under a common platform, so that a comprehensive and holistic view of the entire Water cycle is taken into account and proper water budgeting is done for all sectors namely, household, agriculture, and industries.

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The Training Programme has been designed for addressing broad contours of micro irrigation and convergence of IWMP, MHNREGS, etc. and giving a framework of the preparation of a District Irrigation Plan by the Delegates. Eminent Experts in Water Resources, Irrigation Management, Ground Water, Agriculture, Rain Water Harvesting, geo spatial technology etc. are addressing the delegates as Resource Persons.

The delegates will also visit Hiware Bazar as part of Study Visit and interact with the farmers and study the water conservation and irrigation practices there. The training Programme was designed with a mix of concepts, best practices, irrigation plan outline and also field visits.



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