Solar Technology Secures Crops

In a remote  village of Goa, farmers use solar technology to safeguard their crops from wild animals. Transfer of technology from the rich and the urban society to the poor and the rural areas is finally happening. Devidas, our correspondent shows an example of that in this video where small farmers in his village have access to solar technology. They are using the technology to build an electric fence around their fields. The technology has been provided to the farmers by the state’s Agriculture department. Normally, solar technology is considered too expensive for a poor community to afford. For example, one has to pay over two hundred thousand rupees to get solar fencing for 1 km of area. But in Goa, the Directorate of Agriculture has been providing 50% subsidy on solar fencing. The government calls it a ‘Community fencing scheme’ that allows the entire community to apply for the subsidy as a single group. Under this scheme about 25 farmers of Devidas’s village applied and rought home a solar fence for which they had to pay only Rs10 thousand. Says Devidas,“People in my area are marginal farmers with about 2 -3 hectors of land. Since we are forest dewellers, wild animals are a real threat to our crops and this fence is actually helping us securing our food. However, we also have erratic power supply and if we get such subsidy for other applications like lighting the house etc, we can benefit even more.” Devidas thinks that this video will encourage other communities across the country to adopt solar technology and make the most of the government scheme better their lives.

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