Rajasthan has Net Cropped area of 183.49 Lac hectares, out of this, approximately 75% of area is rain-fed (116.88 lac hectares) and only 25% is irrigated area (66.61 lac hectares) (1). However, this 25% irrigated area contributes more than 50 percent of agricultural output. Main sources of irrigation in Rajasthan are:
Net Irrigated Area in Rajasthan by Source
- Open Wells: 31.62%
- Tube-wells: 41.91%
- Canals : 24.45%
- Tanks: 0.84%
- Other sources: 1%
As can be seen above, 73% of irrigation is through tube-wells and wells placing enormous stress on groundwater. It is particularly alarming that share of tube-wells over the last four decades has shot up from 1 percent in 1967-68 to 39 percent.
Irrigation in Rajasthan by Crops:
- Of the total irrigated area, 35.79 percent is under wheat, 23.65 percent under rape seed and mustard, and 5.8 percent under grams.
Rajasthan Irrigation Potential
The state’s estimated irrigation potential is 5.1 million hectares, of which 3.1 million hectares is already achieved. This gap of two million hectares cannot be further addressed by groundwater, which is fully exploited.
Acts related to Irrigation:
Organisations related to Irrigation:
- Irrigation Management & Training Institute, Kota
- Watershed Development and Soil Conservation Department
- Command Area Development & Water Utilization Department
- Indira Gandhi Nahar Department