As Farmers Switch to Solar Pumps, Experts Fear Groundwater Exploitation

Though the off-grid solar pumps have made life easy for farmers in many villages across India, many fear they are likely to lead to over-exploitation of groundwater.  In Maharashtra’s Jalgaon village, many farmers spend sleepless nights to irrigate their fields, as power for irrigation isn’t available during the daytime for 15 days a month, but Dattaji […]

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Haryana to Distribute 50,000 Solar Pumps to Farmers

50,000 solar pumps will be given to farmers and ‘gaushalas’ in Haryana with the assistance of the NABARD, according to State Renewable Energy Minister Fifty thousand solar pumps will be given to farmers and ‘gaushalas‘ in Haryana with the assistance of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), according to the Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy […]

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MNRE Issues Guidelines for Implementation of KUSUM Scheme

MNRE has issued guidelines for the implementation of the Rs 34,422 crore KUSUM Scheme The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for the implementation of the Rs 34,422 crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Uthan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme, that aims to provide both financial security and more sustainable water access […]

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Government To Launch Solar Scheme for Farmers

Indian Power Minister declares the launch of a new solar scheme for farmers to earn more income from their farmlands through solar panels. The Indian government plans to launch a solar scheme for farmers that will ensure a minimum annual income of Rs 1 lakh, according to the power minister R K Singh. The Minister […]

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Gujarat’s Troubles with SKY Scheme a Lesson For all State Governments

2018 saw a slew of state governments announce solar power schemes that would generate additional income for their farmers. There are many challenges to making this work on the ground, as the Gujarat Example shows. It was back in June 2018 that the Gujarat government launched its Suryashakti Kisan Yojana or SKY scheme. The scheme […]

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CCEA Approves Launch of Rs 34,422 Crore KUSUM Scheme

The total central financial support provided under the scheme would be Rs. 34,422 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) with the objective of providing financial and water security to farmers. The proposed scheme consists of three components: Component-A: 10,000 MW […]

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Delhi Government to Educate Farmers About Solar Scheme

The revenue department has been instructed to identify land owning farmers so as to to encourage them to enroll in the scheme. Delhi Government will soon hold workshops to inform and sensitize farmers about the benefits from the new solar scheme. The scheme will also help farmers to have a secondary source of income. The […]

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Maharashtra to Provide Solar Electricity to Farmers

The scheme was launched last year in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar and Kolambi in Yawatmal to provide solar-generated electricity to farmers during the day. Post the success of Chief Minister’s Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme in Maharashtra’s two places, the state government now plans to extend the scheme to the rest of the state. The scheme […]

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Farmers Reaping Dividends From Solar-Powered Agriculture

The farmers from the village have tied up with traders in the Koyambedu wholesale market in Chennai to market the hybrid vegetables, including carrot, beetroot, and onions, the tomato is grown with the help of solar-powered pump sets. Indeed, even as the normal farmer battles to adapt to the regularly expanding expense of contributions from […]

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