Chhattisgarh sets another record for effective implementation of schemes, beats major states of the country in terms of installation of solar pumps
Solar pumps are being installed in farms as well as in Gauthans, pastures and cowsheds under the scheme
Irrigation facility expanded by 1.20 lakh hectare so far
Raipur, 27 January 2022: Under Saur Sujala Yojana, water-supply arrangements for irrigation has been made for more than one lakh farmers of Chhattisgarh. This includes thousands of farmers from naxal-affected and tribal areas. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel had felicitated the one-lakhth beneficiary of this scheme- Mr. Surendra Nag at the main R-day event held in Jagdalpur. CREDA had installed the one-lakhth solar pump on the agricultural land of Mr. Nag in Bastar district under Saur Sujala Yojana. Chief Minister underlined the success of the scheme, by presenting the cutout of solar pump to Mr. Nag.
CREDA is operating Saur Sujala Yojana to enhance the irrigation capacity and to expand the irrigated farming area in the non-electrified areas of the state. solar pumps of three and five horse-power capacity are being installed in the agricultural farms. Besides, solar pumps are also being installed in Gauthans, pastures and registered cowsheds under the ambitious Narva, Garva, Ghurva, Bari program of state government. Nearly one lakh 20 hectares of agricultural land is being irrigated by the solar pumps installed, under the scheme, across the state. As a result, carbon emissions have reduced by six lakh 55 thousand tons in the last five years.
Installation of solar pumps has not only increased the agricultural production, but has also improved the ground-water-table in the state. This scheme is helping in strengthening the rural economy and in raising people's standard of living. Due to the installation of pumps in the fields through Saur Sujala Yojana, farmers are now able take additional two crops, besides the crop taken during rainy season.
The scheme has also reduced the dependence on conventional electricity for irrigation. More number of solar pumps have been installed in Chhattisgarh as compared to other states of the country. Due to the successful implementation of the scheme in the state and the ever-increasing demand for solar pumps, Central Government has made a provision for the installation of solar irrigation pumps under Pradhan Mantri Kusum Yojana.