Agriculture Sector

Irrigated agriculture in general, results in increased crop intensity and irrigation intensity in the command areas of various irrigation projects. Increased production and net income to the farmers enable them to go for high input technology available year after year. In case of Narmada Sagar and Omkareshwar Projects, the cropping intensity is expected to rise as under (155 to 193 %) respectively for the whole year.

Cropping intensity (%)
Project Net CCA (ha) Kharif Rabi Perennial & Summer Total Irrigation intensity (%)
Narmada Sagar 123000        
Zone-I   88 54 15 157
Zone-II   86 54 15 155
Omkareshwar 147000 86 95 12 193
(On an average agriculture production is expected to rise 3 or 4 times).          

Growth in irrigated area enables the peasants to harvest more. Conjunctive use of surface and ground water is proposed in the proportion of 80:20 to 60:40 to minimise the chances of water-logging in the command areas. Command Area Development Programme for above mentioned projects also envisages provision for on-farm development, agro-industries, regulated markets, warehousing facilities, irrigated forestry, roads etc.

There is no command area of Sardar Sarovar Project in Madhya Pradesh. Maheshwar being hydel power generation project, no irrigation benefits are proposed.