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The Agriculture Department in Coimbatore insists the farmers install solar pumps to avail subsidies

The Agriculture Department in Coimbatore insists the farmers install solar pumps to avail subsidies

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The agriculture department has urged farmers in the district to make use of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha even Utthan Mahabhiyan scheme to avail 70% subsidy for installing solar-powered motor pumps with the capacity of between 5 and 10 horsepower. 

The scheme was introduced to encourage farmers to use renewable energy to increase their production.

An official from the agricultural engineering department said last year, 23 farmers in the district were beneficiaries of the scheme and we expect more farmers will benefit this year. The department is yet to get an order from the state government on identifying beneficiaries for this year.

Farmers can also apply for solar-powered dryers, which will help farmers to add value to their products and get better returns. The department is ready to set up a solar-powered dryer using a polycarbonate-sheeted greenhouse spreading from 400 square feet to 1,000 square feet.

Small and tiny-scale farmers, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe farmers and woman farmers can get the dryer facility at 40% subsidy or up to Rs 3.5 lakh, whichever is lesser. Others would receive 40% subsidy or Rs 3 lakh, whichever is lesser, for setting up the facility, the official said.

A farmer can also set up solar-powered fencing to two acres and get a 40% subsidy or Rs 1.35 lakh, whichever is lesser. Farmers can contact 0422-2434838, 0422-2966500 and 04259-237271 for further details.

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