PM-KUSUM Scheme grid-based solar pumps groundwater agriculture
30 August 21
To mark India’s 75th Year of Independence, Government is celebrating the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Several citizen centric interactions were organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) during the week 23rd to 27th August 2021. Beneficiaries under MNRE Schemes and public in general participated in these programmes and shared their experiences and feedbacks. Sessions were organized in cooperation with State Nodal Agencies (SNA) and bilateral cooperation agencies like Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Second session on 26th August 2021 was organized on ‘PM-KUSUM: Maximising Productive Outcomes, wherein participants from International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), NGOs & Citizen Organizations and solar pumps manufacturers participated. Farmers from the States of Bihar and Gujarat also participated in the meeting. During the session, solar pump sizing tool developed by IWMI, CCAFS (CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) and ICAR with support from GIZ, was showed and explained to the participants. Strategies for wider adoption of Universal Solar Pump Controller (USPC), to enable use of solar power for running other agriculture appliances when irrigation is not required, was also discussed during the session.