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Solar Pump Scheme beneficial for all farmers in MP

6/6/2018

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, The Sun God is smiling on Madhya Pradesh through solar energy. Solar energy has seen successful application, not only in large MW solar projects in Rewa, Mandsaur and Neemuch and on rooftops of myriad offices and residences, but also in the fields of farmers. The farmers are increasing their production and making farming a profitable business by using solar energy. In the initial phase of the Understanding the problems of the farmers, the Prime Minister of the country and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh have launched Chief Minister Solar Pump Scheme in Madhya Pradesh. By taking advantage of the scheme, farmers of the state will be able to make agriculture a profit-making business by cultivating commercial crops and by increasing their agricultural production. During the initial phase of the Solar Pump Programme, approximately 2800 solar pumps were installed between the year 2014 to 2016 in various tribal hostels and villages for drinking water, and in various nurseries of forest department and agricultural farms of Agriculture Department for irrigation. Following the successful establishment of these solar pumps, keeping in mind the various problems of the farmers, the Chief Minister Solar Pump Scheme was implemented in Madhya Pradesh. This scheme has been beneficial to all categories of farmers. Under the scheme, subsidy up to 85 to 90 percent is being given to the farmers for establishment of solar pumps ranging from 01 to 05 Horse Power (hp) to farmers, using subsidy from both Government of India and State Government. One of such farmers is Anil Pachauri from Lamhetaghat village of Jabalpur district. Pachauri owns 5 acres of agricultural land at Lamhetaghat village. His field is not electrified and he has been taking up traditional farming on this land. He could only cultivate wheat and gram once a year. Due to lack of suitable means of irrigation, his income was only 25 to 30 thousand rupees per year. His farm is located approximately 800 meters from Narmada river. Electrical connection was located several kilometers away from his farm. The irrigation was carried out by pipelines through diesel pumps which were excessively expensive and troublesome for him. Approximately 250 liters of diesel was used in the month, which also caused much pollution and noise. Very often, diesel and pipe were stolen from his farm. Due to varying level of water level in Narmada, he had to move the pipes many times. One day he read about Mukhya Mantri Solar Pump Scheme in the newspaper. However, he was fearful that Solar systems might be expensive and he was not sure about the amount of electricity produced from them. He contacted MP Urja Vikas Nigam office of Jabalpur district. He registered for Solar Pump by submitting application form along with demand draft of Rs 500. He got a bore well dug in his farm. He deposited the remaining beneficiary share of Rs 67,100. As soon as the solar pump was installed in his farm, he changed his pattern of agriculture due to availability of sufficient water for irrigation. While earlier, he was able to earn only Rs 25,000 to 30,000 per annum by conventional farming on his 5 acres of land due to scarcity of irrigation; now, he can earn Rs 3,50,000 per annum by cultivating roses, onions, potatoes, chilies, coriander, tomatoes, broccoli and chickpeas. He is also growing coconut on the same land. He got rid of worries related to diesel, pipes safety, labor problems and pollution and noise generated by diesel generators. Now, he has pollution-free healthy electricity, which is totally free. There is no fear of power cut. The sun rises every day and his pump starts. He is irrigating his farm without any obstruction and stress. In Pachauri’s words “If I would not have gone for a solar pump, then I would have given up farming.” This is a perfect gift of government to the farmers. He was honored by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh due to his excellent work with solar pump.

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