Expending Irrigation access - More Crop per Drop

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unique solar-powered lift micro-irrigation project in Punjab shows the way for efficient delivery of canal water. 


ByHarish DamodaranThe Indian Expressedpublished March 29, 2018 

Raghvir Singh’s eight acre field is less than half a km from the Kandi Canal and just over 20 km from the Shah Nahar barrage of the Pong Dam on the River Beas

Yetthis farmer from Kando Karora village in Mukerian tehsil of Hoshiarpurtill recentlyhad no access to water from the 130-km-long Canalwhich is a branch of the Dam’s main Mukerian Hydel ChannelNor was extraction of water by digging borewells possiblegiven that his field was at an 
average 35 meter elevation relative to the canal and with also the presence of underground boulders. 

But since OctoberRaghvir has actually started getting the Kandi Canal waterthanks to a solar-powered lift micro-irrigation project implemented by the Punjab government in 14 villages of Hoshiarpur district’s Talwara and Hajipur blocks

The project basically takes water from the Canal by siphons at three locations or lifting pointsThis water is collected in sump-wells at the points and filtered to remove sand particlesalgae and other impuritiesFrom thereit is then “lifted” using solar-powered submersible pumps to irrigate farmers’ fields directlyor to secondary level sump-wells for further lifting to other villages/farms within the project’s command area. The project’s other unique feature is its being operated by a cloud-based software.  “The system is designed to pump water for eight hours dailywhile the requirement of farmers for cropping is for only 280-odd days

Counting the remaining days of the yearplus the few hours even during the cropping season when the pumps aren’t runningwe estimate roughly 25 per cent of surplus solar power 

generation that could be exported to the grid and fund O&M (operation and maintenancecosts,” explains Sukhdeep Singh Duggalsenior engineer at Jain Irrigation Systems Ltdwhich was awarded the contract to execute the project on turnkey basis.     

Read more about this inspiring project in the full article HERE and watch the movie   





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