BHOPAL: To promote irrigation in remote areas where there is no power supply yet, Urja Vikas Nigam will provide solar pumps to farmers. This was informed by president of the Nigam Vijendra Singh Sisodia in a press conference on Tuesday.

Sisidia said in the state ‘Mukhyamantri Solar Pump Yojna’ had been launched under which farmers not having power connections in remote areas would have the opportunity to get their land irrigated. Under the programme, pumps of 3 horse power will get 90 per cent subsidy from the government, while from 3 to 5 HP it would be 85 per cent.

MD of the Nigam Manu Shrivastava said through solar pumps, on an average 330 days power was generated, and every day the pumps were able to run for around 8 hours through solar power, whereas the need of irrigation was only 100 to 120 days every year. “The rest of days the farmers can utilise the power in mobile charging, lighting of LED bulb etc,” he added. Farmers can apply online and also through Urja Vikas Nigam shops and agriculture department for the pumps.

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