NABARD - Student Internship Scheme 2016-2017 - page 87

Summary No-33
Profile of the Student:
Name: Surabhi
Degree Programme: MBA
University/Institute: College of Agri Business Management, GB Pant University of
Agriculture & Technology
Profile of the Mentor:
Name: Urvashi Garg
Designation: AGM
Name of Regional Office: Uttarakhand (Dehradun)
Objectives of the Study:
i. Extent and benefits of use of Solar Energy in Agriculture
Sample State/ Distt. / Blocks / Villages: Uttarakhand / Dehradun / Rishikesh and Dehradun
Sample Size: 50
Research Methodology :
(i) Primary Data (Questionnaire and structured interview)
(ii) Secondary Data (Internet / UREDA/NABARD)
Major findings:
(i) Max. Number of users were graduates in the age group of 30 – 40 years and belonged to either
general or OBC categories.
(ii) Bottlenecks implementation and popularizing solar energy wads cost, lack of awareness, small land
holdings, hesitation to operate, lack of after sales services etc.
(iii) Lack of awareness about facilities available from the government.
(iv) Lack of awareness amongst bankers also. Both the Consumer and Banker dependent on the supplies
for filling up form / documents.
Major recommendations:
(i) Awareness should be created amongst farmers on benefits of solar energy in Agriculture.
(ii) Awareness about schemes of the govt. and procedures for availing the facilities should be increased.
(iii) Relaxation in taxes and excise duties etc. should be introduced which will help bring down the cost
which is a major hindrance in popularizing solar energy.
(iv) Improvement in after sales services by suppliers should be made. Maintenance upto 3 years to be
made mandatory.
(v) Awareness amongst bankers should be created so that they can properly guide the farmers instead
of being dependent on suppliers.
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