The state government has sanctioned 12 minor irrigation schemes of four districts costing Rs 13.78 crore. All the four districts including Jabalpur, Seoni, Katni and Narsinghpur are in Jabalpur division. On completion, these schemes would bring 1328.50 hectare area under irrigation. The Water Resources Department has sanctioned six schemes of Jabalpur district, three of Seoni, two of Katni and one scheme of Narsinghpur district.

The Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that science and technology are effective weapons in the fight against hunger and poverty. He said that live examples of this are Hoshangabad and Narsinghpur districts which are standing shoulder to shoulder with Punjab and Haryana in wheat production by adopting improved and scientific methods of farming. The Chief Minister was addressing a function here today on the occasion of Technology Day. The function was organised at Nehru Nagar-based Vigyan Bhawan by Madhya Pradesh Council for Science and Technology (MAPCOST).

The state government today issued approval to go ahead for 4 new major irrigation projects in Narmada Valley. On completing these projects would create an additional irrigation potential of 1.38 lakh hectare. The quick approval for these proposed project came in the light of the Chief Minister top priority for ensuring utilization of allocated 18.25 M.A.F Narmada water to state by Narmada water dispute Tribunal Award.

A 12-kilometre long tunnel of 10 metre diametre would be constructed at a cost of Rs 799 crore for carrying Narmada water to the basin of Son river under Bargi diversion project.

Uncertainty in the occurrence of rainfall with respect to time and quantity is a major contraint to agricultural production in rainfed areas. To alleviate the constraint, groundwater is pumped at an unsustainable rate causing continuous water table decline. Groundwater recharge by the rainwater and runoff harvested in percolation tanks can augment the groundwater resource.