Amit Gupta-Raigarh. Chhattisgarh government’s ‘Saur Sujala Yojana’ is proving to be a boon for those farmers of Raigarh district who were not able to take advantage of irrigation facilities due to lack of resources. Under the scheme, solar pumps are being given to the farmers, due to which the farmers are not only irrigating the fields uninterruptedly, but are also earning profit from the good crop.
State Government’s ‘Saur Sujala Yojana’ is proving to be a boon for the farmers of tribal areas of Raigad district. With the help of CREDA, under this scheme, pump connections up to 5 HP are being given free of cost to the farmers. CREDA is installing a complete solar system in the farmers’ fields only after spending about Rs 15,000. The specialty of this system is that farmers are able to irrigate their fields by operating motor pumps without paying electricity bills.
Mahesh Minj is now growing vegetables for twelve months
The situation is that even those farmers whose fields did not have electricity now have plenty of water. As a result the crops are flourishing and the farmers are getting prosperous. Same is the story of Mahesh Minj, a farmer of village Jurda. There was no electricity in Mahesh’s farm, due to which he used to harvest crops only in the rainy season, but with the help of CREDA, he installed a solar pump. Now there is plenty of water in Mahesh’s field all the time. Mahesh has grown paddy crop along with growing cucumber, kumhda and green vegetables in the field.
Cultivation of brinjal and barbatti along with paddy
Farmers say that this was not possible without the help of the government. He says that after the installation of the solar system, the worries of farming have ended. Earlier we had to depend on rains, but now due to abundant water, we are getting a good crop. While in the summer Mahesh got a good crop because of the abundance of water, now in the rains he has cultivated brinjal and barbatti along with paddy in his field. Farmers say that Saur Sujala Yojana is proving beneficial for the farmers.
‘Saur Sujala Yojana’ created a record in Raigad district
Talking about Raigarh district, ‘Saur Sujala Yojana’ has created a record in the district. In the last five years, 3153 solar pumps have been installed in the fields of farmers in the district. Out of this, 256 irrigation pumps have been installed by CREDA only in Gothans. In the year 2019-20, 753 pumps were installed in the district, while in the year 2020, 418 solar pumps were installed by CREDA. CREDA has installed 60 solar pumps in the year 2021, 60 in the year 2022 and 199 in the year 2023. Officials say that this scheme of the government is no less than a boon for the farmers.