Farm Development

Farm Development  works are required to be taken up in the command area of these projects to facilitate efficient use of the water provided by these projects. The Farm Development  works include leveling the land into suitable size plots, bunding, construction of semi permanent unlined water channels and water flow control structures for distribution of water within each holding. As there is no provision under the irrigation project sanctioned under RIDF for carrying out these works with project funds, farmers have to get the OFD works done with their own resources. While some farmers may have adequate financial resources of their own, some of the farmers necessarily have to depend on the financial institutions for credit support. As the source of irrigation and distribution system are created at project cost and the net incremental income would be sufficient to repay the bank loan available for carrying out the OFD works leaving adequate surplus with the farmers to meet their requirements, such projects are financially viable and bankable without any subsidy.