Raipur: Under Saur Sujala Yojana, water-supply arrangements for irrigation have been made for more than one lakh farmers of Chhattisgarh. This includes thousands of farmers from naxal-affected and tribal areas.
Chief Minister 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. The Chief Minister underlined the success of the scheme, by presenting the cutout of the solar pump to Nag.
CREDA is operating the 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 the 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 6.55 lakh tons in the last five years.
Installation of solar pumps has not only increased 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 to take additional two crops, besides the crop taken during the rainy season.
The scheme has also reduced the dependence on conventional electricity for irrigation. More 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, the Central Government has made a provision for the installation of solar irrigation pumps under Pradhan Mantri Kusum Yojana.