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Arunabha Ghosh & Shalu Agrawal: Sustainable solar irrigation

Arunabha Ghosh & Shalu Agrawal

Earlier this year, Maharashtra announced plans to replace half a million electric pumps with solar-powered agriculture pumps over the next five years. Deployment will begin this December. Other states, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Telangana, have ongoing programmes or have planned similar steps. The central government wants to give capital subsidies for 100,000 solar pumps in five years. As India takes steps towards the solarisation of agriculture, three important questions need to be answered. What is the potential of solar-based irrigation? Are there ...