The government of Jharkhand is focusing on adapting renewable energy-based irrigation projects to slow down the migration of farmers to other states and boost their income to support them financially.
Over 6000 families have already taken benefits from the state’s policy. Keeping farmers in the centre Jharkhand is working to ensure the availability of year-round irrigation facilities across the state. At first, the government is installing Irrigation Projects solar-based facilities in those parts where water is in shortage throughout the year for irrigation due to inhospitable terrain.
Simdega, letahar and Bokaro are prime examples of areas benefiting from this facility. apart from employment at the local steel plant as daily wage labourers, a substantial part of the population in Bokaro district is dependent on agriculture for livelihood and around 480 farming households in an area of 500 acres in Bokaro district.
Forty-eight pump sets, with a capacity of 5HP each, are being installed to cover 500 acres of land. These 48 pump units for the lift irrigation facility out of which over 20 are functional and the rest will start working to ensure multi-crop farming in Bokaro district.
Latehar and Simdega districts have also adopted the same technique to benefit farmers and promote multiple crop cultivation.
Reference: Economic Times