The Haryana government has made a concerted effort to conserve water and electricity. Micro-irrigation is preferred over traditional tube wells, solar pump sets, and the conventional irrigation model. The public administration has set itself the target of installing 50,000 solar pump units by the end of the year.
While providing solar pumps to farmers in Chandigarh, Chief Minister Manohar Lal provided detailed information. He said work to install 13,800 pump sets this year is now underway. You can also get a solar pump subsidy for irrigation with 75% reduction under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Utthan Mahabhiyan program, that is, the PM-KUSUM program.
According to the chief minister, the state owns around 80 lakh acres of arable land. Irrigation is used to irrigate 75% of the land. For irrigation, the rest of the land must depend on rain. He claimed that the agricultural sector provides farmers with a subsidy of almost Rs. 6500 crore per year.
Solar energy will help reduce money spent on subsidies and save water. Thanks to this, farmers will save money on diesel and their income will also increase. The farmer can apply for a grant to install solar pumps by completing an online application by visiting their official website.
How many solar pumps have been installed so far?
According to CM, 7 years ago, there were minimal efforts in the solar energy sector. There were only 492 solar pumps installed. The current administration has taken it seriously. For this, a roadmap has been created. 25,897 solar pump units have been deployed over the past 7 years. The government subsidizes these pumps up to 75%. The Chief Minister also distributed the solar water pumping program manual as well as a utility booklet for farmers.
Convert electricity to solar energy
The chief minister ordered that tube wells of less than 50 horsepower be used for agriculture. He ordered the deputy district commissioners to launch a special campaign to promote the micro-irrigation program. For example, the government’s intention to provide water to all farms in the country. Make people aware that instead of surface irrigation, they should use micro-irrigation, drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation or watering from communal ponds.
CM Manohar Lal interacted with farmers
Manohar Lal said the central government has set a target to install 22,000 solar pumps this year. This is in the process of being completed. On this occasion, he interacted with women farmers Krishna and Trilok Singh from Hisar, who installed solar pumps, and Shashi Ahuja and Isaak Khan from Nuh.
He inquired about the project in detail from him. During the conversation, the farmers informed the Chief Minister that they were only to spend 25% of the amount; the remaining money was donated by the government.