Feasibility Analysis of Solar-Powered Tubewells in Arid and Sub-humid Regions of Rajasthan


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Solar-powered pump, Capital investment, Economic feasibility, Bootstrap data development analysis, Rajasthan

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The study analyzed the investment and returns of installing solar-powered pumps, besides their economic feasibility and efficiency in arid and sub-humid regions of Rajasthan based on primary data collected for the year 2018-19.  Only subsidized investment in solar-powered tube wells was found to be economically feasible in both regions. The efficiencies of solar-irrigated farms and savings in cost after installing solar-powered pumps were found to be higher for the sub-humid region, which may be attributed to better utilization of solar pumps, cultivation of high-value vegetables, and adoption of improved technologies. The major constraint faced by farmers in the adoption of solar-powered pumps in arid regions was found to be their non-functioning in higher water table situations, while in sub-humid regions, it was a high initial investment. Hence, there is a need to have custom-made policies according to the climatic regions of the country and to increase awareness regarding the benefits of the adoption of advanced technologies and high-value crops which can complement the benefits of the adoption of solar-powered pumps.

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Feasibility Analysis of Solar-Powered Tubewells in Arid and Sub-humid Regions of Rajasthan. (2023). Indian Journal of Extension Education, 59(3), 126-131. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IJEE/article/view/138576

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