PM Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan Scheme For Farmers

Empowering Agriculture: The PM-KUSUM Scheme

In March 2019, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) introduced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Surakshaevam Utthaan Mahabhiyan Yojana (PM-KUSUM Scheme), aimed at facilitating farmers in adopting solar-powered irrigation systems. Under this scheme, farmers are eligible for a 60% subsidy to install solar irrigation pumps, along with a 30% loan from the Government.To apply follow this link   PM KUSUM (mnre.gov.in)

The primary goal of the PM-KUSUM Scheme is to provide cutting-edge technology to farmers, reducing reliance on diesel for irrigation.

Key objectives include:

  1. Promoting eco-friendly irrigation through solar pumps, ensuring safer energy generation.
  2. Creating additional income streams for farmers by allowing them to sell surplus power generated by the solar pumps back to the Government.

The PM-KUSUM Scheme consists of three components

  • Component A: Installation of grid-connected decentralized solar plants with capacities ranging from 500KW to 2MV.

  • Component B: Installation of standalone solar pumps with individual capacities of up to 7.5HP.

  • Component C: Financial support for grid-connected agricultural pumps with 7.5HP capacity.

Benefits of the PM-KUSUM Scheme include

  • Construction of solar plants capable of generating 28,250 MW of power.
  • Significant subsidies and loans, enabling farmers to cover only 10% of the installation costs.
  • Improved irrigation capabilities with solar pumps boasting capacities of 720MV.
  • Opportunities for farmers to sell excess power, augmenting their income.
  • Utilization of barren land for solar plant implementation, providing stable income sources for 25 years.
  • Installation of solar plants at elevated heights to allow for continued cultivation.

Moreover, the scheme encourages the use of renewable energy, contributing to pollution reduction in farms and fostering eco-friendly cultivation practices.

Eligible entities for the PM-KUSUM Scheme include individual farmers, farmer groups, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), Panchayats, cooperatives, and Water User Associations.

The application process for the scheme is conducted online, wherein interested individuals must register on the official portal, fill out the required forms accurately, and submit supporting documents. After successful application, farmers are required to deposit 10% of the total installation cost, with the solar pump set being activated once the subsidy is sanctioned.

Required documents for application include

  •  Aadhar card
  •  Land documents
  •  Bank account passbook
  •  Declaration form
  •  Mobile number
  •   Passport-size photo.
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