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Solarization of 4,000 farm pumps is approved by the J&K administration.

At a meeting presided over by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, the administrative council of the Union Territory approved the solarization of 4,000 separate grid-connected farm pumps. Atal Dullo, the chief secretary, was also present during the conference.

 

PTI

Jammu: In an effort to use solar energy for agriculture, the Jammu and Kashmir government has authorized the solarization of 4,000 agri-water pumps. Under the direction of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, the administrative council of the Union Territory approved the solarization of 4,000 separate grid-connected farm pumps. Atal Dullo, the chief secretary, was also present during the conference.


According to an official spokesman, the action is a component of the Pradhan Mantri Kissan Urja Suraksha Evam Uthaan Mahaabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) initiative, which covers grid-connected solar power facilities with capacities ranging from 1 kW to 15 kW.


A representative for the program stated that farmers taking part in it will be able to use the solar electricity produced by these systems to meet their irrigation needs.


Furthermore, distribution firms (discoms) may purchase excess solar electricity from farmers at a price determined by the Jammu and Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JKSERC). Discoms are required to pay farmers for this power.


The spokesman stated that in addition to lowering pollution, solar-powered agriculture pumps are intended to provide farmers with a dependable supply of irrigation.

The program is intended to reduce revenue losses for discoms that presently subsidize irrigation pumps at an average rate of Rs 3.50 per unit of power, as opposed to Rs 0.66 per unit.



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