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Irrigation Potential of India

In all the five year plans considerable importance has been given to the creation of additional irrigation potential in the country. When five year planning started in our country, the irrigation potential was 23 million hectares which included 10 million hectares from major and medium irrigation works and 13 million hectares from the minor irrigation works.

The ultimate irrigation potential for the country has been assessed to be about 139.9 million hectare. As per the available information, about 105.8 Mha of irrigation potential has been created so far (January 22, 2010, PIB).

Total area under irrigation varies from year to year. As per the Land Use Statistics of Ministry of Agriculture, gross irrigated area and net irrigated area during 2006-07 have been estimated to be 85.8 Mha and 60.9 Mha respectively.

Total irrigation potential created during 2005-09 is 6.71 Mha. The Maximum Irrigation Potential was created for Uttar Pradesh. The following Table makes it clear.

Irrigation Potential Created 2005-09

Sl. No. 

Name of State

Total

1 

Andhra Pradesh 

799.262 

2 

Arunachal Pradesh  

19.051 

3 

Assam 

57.777 

4 

Bihar 

526.751 

5 

Chhattisgarh 

167.446 

6 

Goa  

12.581 

7 

Gujarat 

505.456 

8 

Haryana 

64.411 

9 

Himachal Pradesh 

19.555 

10 

Jammu &Kashmir

60.357 

11 

Jharkhand 

83.899 

12 

Karnataka  

311.390 

13 

Kerala  

34.514 

14 

Madhya Pradesh 

311.100 

15 

Maharashtra  

637.200 

16 

Manipur 

12.000 

17 

Meghalaya 

10.269 

18 

Mizoram 

7.294 

19 

Nagaland  

12.715 

20 

Orissa  

237.575 

21 

Punjab 

137.498 

22 

Rajasthan

424.640 

23 

Sikkim 

3.891 

24 

Tamil nadu  

225.124 

25 

Tripura  

11.749 

26 

Uttar Pradesh 

1888.216 

27 

Uttaranchal  

100.736 

28 

West Bengal  

28.971 

  

TOTAL

6711.428

Source: Ministry of Ag. Values Thousand Hectares 

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Last Updated: November 22, 2013