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World Bank team lauds innovative efforts of paddy farming in Madhya Pradesh

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: World Bank team has lauded promotion to initiative of undertaking paddy farming through innovative method of drip irrigation and S.R.I Method under DPIP scheme. The World Bank team is in Madhya Pradesh for the past two days reviewing the status of the project being implemented in different parts of the State.

It may be mentioned that paddy crops are being taken as pilot project in Narsinghpur, Rewa, Damoh, Sidhi and Panna districts of Madhya Pradesh. Paddy crops are being grown under S.R.I Method by 1427 farmers of 138 villages of these five districts in 778 acres of land.

In the same series, use of drip irrigation has also been promoted in Rewa and Sidhi districts. This methods has proved very good especially for vegetable crops.

The 18th producer company sponsored by DPIP has started its operations in Shivpuri district. Hardaul Milk Production Company has started functioning in Bhaunti village of the district. Fifteen villages under Bhaunti Sahyog Dal have been included in the company's jurisdiction. The company comprises 10 promoter directors, who convened a general council meeting and elected Mrs. Phoolwati Yadav as President apart from choosing five directors. Chilling centre of the company has been set up from the funds of Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna and appliances for the chilling plant has been obtained with the assistance of S.G.S.Y. Infrastructure.

Similarly, nine DPIP-sponsored producers' committees have also started their operations in the project areas under soya production programme. Efforts are also being undertaken for promoting use of solar stoves in Shivpuri and Rajgarh districts.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]
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