Solar pumps change fate of Puthia-Charghat farmers
Environment-friendly Solar LLP Pumps have created a revolution in agriculture in the Barind area.
Ropa Aman has been cultivated at Charghat and Puthia upazila of Rajshahi at low cost through solar power-run pumps.
Due to the high cost of diesel, the farmers of this region have now become dependent on alternate irrigation systems. The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority is collaborating in this work. Cultivating through solar water pumps, cost and time are being saved. Peasants are being spared from harassment.
According to the Puthia Zone Office of Varinda Multipurpose Development Authority, it is known that the length of Narod canal is 30 kilometers. Total solar panel number is 20. The power of each solar panel is 18 kilowatts, the cost-saving energy is 360 kilowatt. Supplemental irrigation area is 485 hectares. Beneficial farmer families are 2850 in this area.
It is known that water can be released from underground by using solar power in Aman, Boro and Rabi crop fields. But they have more attention to the Boro season because there is much pressure on the national grid during the season. Due to high demand, the authorities have to turn to solar power produced at home during that time.
Farmer Shajahan Ali of Nayapara village of Puthia of said, if you irrigate the diesel-powered shallow machine, then the cost per hour is 120 taka. It takes about two hours to spend at Tk 240. The cost of solar energy is Tk 160 per hour.
Barind Development Authority Assistant Engineer Mohammad Selim Reza said that the Boro crops are more in Barind area, more solar pumps are being installed. We have no batteries, no generator, no diesel, just using sunlight the solar pumps run. With this technology, it is possible to lift water for 7/8 hours a day.