"Drip irrigation has immense benefits. It becomes even more essential when the state is facing severe water scarcity. Today, the western Maharashtra and Marathwada region are facing severe drought conditions where water has to be used judiciously. Thus, we have decided that sugarcane farmers will be strictly asked to use drip irrigation system for their crops," Mahajan told reporters.

Drip irrigation, also known as trickle irrigation, is a method that saves water and fertiliser by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. It is done through narrow tubes that deliver water directly to the base of the plant.

Maharashtra is the largest producer of sugarcane and sugar in the country. It accounts for one-third of the country's sugar production. Making drip irrigation compulsory for sugarcane growers in the state has the potential to save up to 60 percent of water.

The Minister cited he was surprised to find that all crops in Israel are grown through the drip irrigation system.

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