To support farmers in their irrigation requirements, Haryana’s department of new and renewable energy has decided to give 75% subsidy in the purchase of 3-10 horsepower (HP) solar-powered pumps. The department has invited applications from eligible beneficiaries till December 27. Gurgaon’s additional deputy commissioner Vishram Kumar Meena said that some 8,629 solar-powered pumps will be given to the farmers of Haryana on 75% subsidy.

“These pumps will be given only to those farmers who are into micro-irrigation like drip or sprinkler irrigation and irrigate fields by pressing ground pipelines,” he said. ‘We are inviting applications from the farmers who wish to avail the benefit of 75% subsidy on solar pumps till December 27. There are three categories of pumps — 3 HP, 7.5 HP, and 10 HP — that are covered under the subsidy scheme. The adoption of solar pumps will promote the shift towards newer and sustainable sources of energy. It will help farmers to cater to their irrigation needs too,” Meena added.

Farmers have been asked to fill-up the form, choose a solar pump of their choice, and pay their share of the price on the portal. Once the form has been received and accepted, it would take around three months for the department to distribute these pumps to the beneficiaries, officials said.

Source: TOI