As an extension of the cane development programme, the Mill also actively supports various irrigation schemes in its area of operation . A separate Irrigation Department of the Mill extends necessary technical , financial and logistic support to such schemes .
Under this Scheme , the Mill encourages farmers to form a cooperative society and helps them to contribute their equity. The Mill contributes an equal amount towards its own equity in the Scheme . In the next stage , it helps the Society in getting finance from a bank and provides all technical support to implement the scheme . If there is any shortfall in funds or escalation in the project cost , the same is contributed by the Mill .
After cane plantation , bank loan is repaid in fixed installments . The Mill takes back its equity only after the scheme is completely loan-free . Out of the 16 irrigation projects undertaken / sponsored by the Mill , 14 have already been commissioned .
The total project cost of these schemes together is Rs. 22.95 crores .
The Mill has so far contributed Rs. 2.52 crores towards these schemes as its own equity .
These schemes have brought a total area of 4700 acres under irrigation, which includes almost 2700 acres of land under cane cultivation .