COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme-3: Bio-diversity and Resource Conservation, Livelihood and Food Security towards Sustainable Agri-food Systems

Constraints that Sugarcane Growers Face in the Adoption of Drip Irrigation Technology

Manmeet Kaur, Abhishek Mishra and Subhash Chandra

Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication, College of Agriculture, Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner- 334006 (India)


Water is one of the most important substances on Earth. It is important because it is essential for the existence of life. It is estimated that 70 per cent of water worldwide is used for irrigation in agriculture. A micro-irrigation system is a way by which we can use water in a precise manner. In the context of the state of Rajasthan, this system plays an important role in agricultural production due to the low availability of groundwater. Sugarcane is a major cash crop in some tehsils of Sri-Ganganagar district. Sugarcane crop cultivation requires more water; hence drip irrigation system plays an important role in meeting the water requirement of the crop. The present study emphasizes the various barriers to adoption of the drip irrigation technology by sugarcane growers. The tehsils namely Srikaranpur, Sri-Ganganagar and Raisinghnagar selected purposely, are in the state of Rajasthan. The quantitative data were gathered from 120 respondents through an interview schedule. It was found that the primary economic constraint was the ‘heavy initial expenses for installation of drip irrigation system’, the main technical constraint was ‘difficult to keep proper water pressure’, the primary administrative constraint was ‘non-availability of spare parts at the proper time with reasonable rates’ and the main socio-personal & psychological constraint was ‘lack of motivation’. That’s why an average farmer can’t afford to adopt it. This might be due to the unawareness of the benefits of drip irrigation technology in the long run. In order to mitigate these constraints, the farmers may be made aware of the various schemes run by the Central and state Governments for providing subsidies at different levels to reduce the cost of installation of drip irrigation systems through various awareness/training programmes, demonstrations and lectures in a planned manner by the concerned departments & agencies.

IEEC-2023 at RARI (SKNAU, Jobner), Jaipur, Rajasthan organised by Society of Extension Education, Agra, India