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VIJAYAWADA, SEPT.15. The successful implementation of the micro irrigation project (APMIP) in the State has encouraged Maharashtra and Gujarat Governments to approach the NABARD for taking up similar projects in their States, said Finolex Industries Limited president (PVC pipes division), Vivek Khandekar.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said that APMIP was the world's largest drip irrigation project, covering 22 districts in the State, providing micro-irrigation facilities to 2.5 lakh hectares, in the first phase. The total area that would be brought under micro-irrigation in the project term of five years was 10 lakh hectares. Micro-irrigation would improve agricultural production in over 900 mandals, most of them drought-hit, under the project, Mr.Khandekar said.
The implementation of the APMIP coupled with a boom in the construction industry, upswing in business process outsourcing (BPO) and urbanization led to a significant growth in the volume of PVC market.
The total PVC market in Andhra Pradesh was being expected to grow by a minimum of 20 per cent per annum for the next few years.
The company offered a wide range of PVC pipes and fittings, for diverse applications in agriculture, housing, telecommunications and other industry. PVC piping was also being used in the construction industry for soil, waste and rain (SWR) water disposal.
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