Report of 5th Census of Minor Irrigation Schemes
Minor Irrigation sector plays a critical role in agricultural growth and increasing farmer's income. The importance of minor irrigation schemes with short gestation period, lower investments and major share in irrigation cannot be over-emphasised. In order to meet the requirements of planning & policy formulation of this sector, a sound and reliable data base is a prerequisite. This Ministry has been conducting Census of Minor Irrigation (MI Census) schemes with this objective and four MI Censuses have been conducted so far with reference years 1986-87, 1993-94, 2000-01 & 2006-07. The Census Reports throw light on the changing composition of the Minor Irrigation sector as well as the diversities in irrigation practices across the country. The present report is for the 5th MI Census with reference year 2013-14 covering 33 States/UTs.