Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday launched the Soura Jalanidhi scheme that aims to increase use of solar energy for helping farmers in irrigating their land. ‘Soura Jalanidhi’, is a dug well based solar pump irrigation system in convergence mode.
Under the scheme, 5,000 solar pumps will be given to Odisha farmers at a subsidy of 90 per cent to irrigate 2,500 acres of land. The chief minister also launched the web portal of this scheme on the occasion. The event was attended by 1,000 farmers from 30 districts through video conference. In the first phase, the facility will be available for farmers where electricity is not available for operating pump sets.
Patnaik also distributed four go-ahead orders for installation of the solar pump to the farmers. Farmers having valid farmer-id, belonging to small and marginal categories having minimum 0.5-acre cultivable land holding and a dug well will be covered under the programme.