Adopting Solar for Irrigation – Farmers’ Perspectives from Uttar Pradesh

Adopting Solar for Irrigation – Farmers’ Perspectives from Uttar Pradesh
Sector:Power Undertaken By:Council on Energy, Environment and Water Year Published:2018

Research, so far, on solar pumps has focused on their sustainable deployment, their economic viability, budget-neutral promotional approaches for governments to consider, and analysing different models to deploy them. But, documented evidence of farmers’ perspectives on solar pumps, and understanding the barriers that prevent them from adopting solar for irrigation remains limited. The report attempts to bridge the knowledge gap through the analysis of 1600 farmers’ interviews, and 10 focused group discussions with farmers. The study is focused on Uttar Pradesh, the state with the largest population of farmers in the country. It focuses on understanding farmers’ perspectives on farming constraints, their expenditure on, and satisfaction with their irrigation arrangements, and their views on investment in farming and its financing.