Simdega: Solar-based lift irrigation helps remote district beat migrant woes

Ranchi: State agriculture secretary Abu Bakar Siddiqui on Tuesday said that the solar based lift irrigation system will be implemented across the state. He was in Simdega district on Tuesday to take stock of the similar facilities that were successfully installed and put for operation to assist irrigation system in the district. He said that the government’s vision to bolster agriculture facilities was reflected in the budget for the financial year 2021-22, wherein it rolled out multiple schemes to boost the sector.

“Implementation of renewable energy projects for irrigation proved to be a game-changer for the farmers in Jharkhand,” he said, adding that the lift irrigation system was one such initiative. “This was primarily targeted at the farmers who cannot afford diesel pumps or other traditional boring systems,” he stressed.

Siddiqui’s visit to the district was part of Kisan Samvad programme wherein he interacted with the farmers and received their feedback on different solar lift irrigation projects.  Farmers also thanked the administration for implementing this project. Farmers informed the secretary that earlier they were majorly active during monsoons and farming was rare in rest of the year. “We were unable to produce any other crop apart from paddy due to the lack of an irrigation facility. With the help of a solar-based lift irrigation system, we have started cultivating two to three crops in a year. Our income has increased many folds,” said a farmer.

“The incumbent government is committed to the welfare of farmers and utilising renewable energy projects for irrigation is a priority as it will help in creating a thriving agro-based economy. Soon we will implement this project across the state,” he announced. 

So far, more than 250 solar-based lift irrigation projects have been implemented in Simdega. One solar system helps in irrigating 10 acres of land.  

“Simdega is one of the most backward districts of Jharkhand. Farmers had to work during monsoons and during the remaining part of the year, they migrate to other parts of the state or the country in search of livelihood. Migration rate in the district has also reduced,” said an official during the event in presence of deputy commissioner Sushant Gaurav and others.