The Government of India has been implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme on
Micro Irrigation with the objective to enhance water use efficiency in the agriculture sector
by promoting appropriate technological interventions like drip & sprinkler irrigation
technologies and encourage the farmers to use water saving and conservation technologies.
The Scheme was launched by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture in January, 2006 as Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Micro Irrigation (CSS). In June, 2010, it was up-scaled to National Mission on Micro Irrigation (NMMI), which continued till the year 2013-14.
From 1st April, 2014, NMMI was subsumed under National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) and implemented as “On Farm Water Management” (OFWM) during the financial year 2014-15.