NABARD - Student Internship Scheme 2016-2017 - page 93

2. In view of 85% of farmers in India ploughing small landholdings, it is not feasible for this category to
install individual pumps. Cooperatives on the line of Solar Pump Irrigators’ Cooperative Enterprise
(SPICE) running in Dhundi village of Gujarat should be incentivised.
3. Adequate publicity should be given to the scheme of subsidy as there seems to be an ignorance
about the scheme. Awareness programs should be run in the villages with the involvement of local
banks and village Panchayats about SPIP and its benefits and also about the PPA for the electricity
produced from SPIP.
4. Initially this project can be targeted to the areas where diesel pumps are being used inclusive of salt
pan areas as this technology is highly beneficial for replacing diesel pump with solar pump.
5. Salt farmers should be given SPP through bank finance with the formation of JLG (Joint Liability
Group) or any other provision should be made to finance them for SPP as they don’t have any
collateral security.
6. For the quick deployment of SPIP, each potential bank branch should be given a target of financing
one solar power pump a year.
7. Under JNNSM each village Panchayat can be assisted to install at least one grid connected SPIP and
Panchayat can charge for providing irrigation water to farmers and can also generate electricity and
can supply in to grid.
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