Maharashtra farmers to get sops for using solar pumps

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Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana

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Maharashtra govt. has launched ASKP scheme for farmers to provide subsidy of upto 95% on solar agriculture pumpsets.

Key Facts:

  • To encourage farmers to use solar agriculture pumps, the Maharashtra government has decided to give two LED bulbs, a DC fan and a mobile charging socket as freebies.
  • The State has launched the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana (ASKP) for farmers with a subsidy of up to 95 per cent on solar pumpsets.
  • Farmers with less than 5 acres of land just need to day 5% i.e. Rs. 12,000 and get three horse power pump
  • Farmers with more than 5 acres of land just need to pay Rs. 30,000 and get five horse power solar powered pump
  • The government aims to reach out to farmers from remote areas where the agricultural feeder is not possible.
  • The State aims to reduce losses due to non-payment of electricity bills and also promote solar energy by implementing the scheme.

Source:The Hindu

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