Bringing Solar Powered Irrigation pumps to Farmers
Dr Rajan Dubey
Bringing Solar Powered Irrigation pumps to Farmers: A strategy for directimpact to improved irrigation capacity in India
The paper has reviews and analysis of factors that have influenced the success andfailure of groundwater development schemes in India. Based on these observations, fewpoints are recommended for policy action:
Discontinue government minor irrigation programs and focus onprivate tube wells as the primary mode for bringing groundwaterirrigation to poor communities. Special Promotional Schemes forfarmers and farmer groups trying to set up power generation withrenewable energy solutions.
Improve electricity supply for agriculture by reintroducing combinedsolutions for different areas like Wind in hilly areas to wind and solarcombination to solar and diesel pump sets in Northern India.
Promote the modification of pump sets to improve the energyefficiency of groundwater pumping, reduce pollution and lower thesale price of water to poor users. Wind in coastal and hilly regionswith use of Solar in all India can bring lot of changes in the waypumping is done.
Introduce special Integrated Solar powered irrigation technologiesfor vegetable growers and marginal farmers. Horticulture may be oneof the major area that can use even the area of land and betteroutputs.
Remove other Electricity subsidies and promote renewable energy assole attraction of rural housing and facilities such as PanchayatBhawans, Anganwadies, Schools, Sub-Health Centers Etc.