Hoshiarpur: Punjab government has constructed Kandi canal for providing water for irrigation purposes to the farmers of Kandi area and the first solar lift irrigation project at Jugial village which is first of its kind in Punjab, is proving to be a boon for the lands falling in Kandi area.
Stating this here on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia said the project is propelling the farmers to shun the traditional crop cycle and go in for the innovations in the agricultural sector, thus increasing their income.
She added that through this solar lift irrigation project (solar powered community lift & micro irrigation project) worth Rs 40.93 crore the water for irrigational purposes is being provided to the 1700 acres (664 hectares) land belonging to 1200 farmers of the 14 villages in Talwara and Hajipur areas.
Ms Kalia said that this project ensures supply of water to the lands of farmer through drip as well as the fountain irrigation system leading to the conservation of water. This innovative initiative of the government is encouraging the farmers to shun the traditional crop cycle and go in for innovative techniques in the agricultural field.
The DC further said that the capacity of the project is to ensure that 15.7 cusec water through drip technology reaches to Kandi canal to the fields of the farmers. She also elaborated that 14 villages are being provided 100 per cent water through drip and fountain system as per their need.
Divulging more, she said that the solar panel has the capacity to generate 1,100 kilowatt electricity daily. She also said the farmers of Kandi area, who were facing tough times due to the scarcity of water have now embarked upon the cultivation of turmeric, ginger, mustard, vegetables, pulses, wheat, maize, lemon grass and horticulture, thus marching on the road to progressive farming. She also said that the progressive farming entails less usage of the water in comparison to the paddy.