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Tangible Benefits

  • Assured irrigation leading to increase in production by more than 100% as 2 crops are now cultivated annually on 664 hectares;
  • Increase in net returns by 50-100% on 664 hectares due to assured/ timely irrigation, energy saving, labour saving, Water Saving due to negligible losses and higher Irrigation Efficiency with Precise water control.
S. No. Quantifiable Annual Benefit Area benefited
Accrued Value of Quantifiable
Benefit (cr.)
1. Assured irrigation leading to increase in production by more than 100% as 2 crops shall be cultivated annually (Cultivation of one additional crop) 664 1.97
2. Increase in net returns by 50% due to assured/ timely irrigation, energy saving, labour saving, Water Saving due to negligible losses and higher Irrigation Efficiency with Precise water control 664 0.99
Grand Total 2.96

Annual Benefit after Project Implementation: Rs. 2.96 Crores

Other (Intangible) Benefits

  • Assured Irrigation water supply provides that almost any crop suitable to conditions can be grown;
  • Scaling up of allied activities like livestock, poultary etc
  • High and constant supply of nutrients through fertilizers, Fertigation easier and High Fertilizer Use efficiency;
  • Saving of farm-land and appreciating land value;
  • Adequate market linkages providing farmers cash returns all year round;
  • Improved socio-economic condition of the farmers;
  • Zero Carbon footprints;
  • Environment rehabilitation.


The Precision Farming Development Center (PFDC), Department of Soil and Water Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana conducted an field evaluation study of the project area during June 2016, results of whic are as follows:

Only 14 % of the farmers have land more than one acre rest of the farmers do not have a farm size bugger than one acre. The farmers having farm size less than 2000sqm are 41%. Out of 29 farmers surveyed 8 belongs to SC category, 3 belong to Backward Class and 18 belong to general category.

Before the installation of the system there was no source of water and farmers practiced rainfed agriculture. The cropping pattern followed was Wheat-Maize rotation or Mustard-Maize rotation. After the installation of the system few farmers were very enthusiastic about the system. They have gone for vegetables as well as planted mango orchard in part of their fields. The farmers were cautious in their approach. Some of the farmers are planning fencing of their farms because of the problems of stray animals.

S. No Farmland No. Source of irrigation before installation of system Crops sown in Rabi 2014 Crops sown during Kharif 2015 Category of Farmers Crops Grown after installation of system during Rabi 2015 Crops Grown after installation of system During Kharif 2015
1. >8 kanals 4 Rainfed Wheat/Mustard Maize 1 3 Wheat/Mustard Maize/Vegetables
2. 6-8 kanals 5 Rainfed Wheat/Mustard Maize 1 4 Wheat/Mustard Maize
3. 4-6 kanals 8 Rainfed Wheat/Mustard Maize 3 1 4 Wheat/Mustard Maize
4. <4 kanals 12 Rainfed Wheat/Mustard Maize 3 2 7 Wheat/Mustard Maize

Increase in yield levels

All the farmers reported increase in the yield levels. The perusal of table 2 shows that the yields of wheat, maize and mustard doubled as compared yield levels obtained during 2014-15. One farmer started growing vegetables and earned Rs. 30000 from the sale of onion nursery and Rs. 15000 by selling onions. Three farmers have planted mango orchards.

Level of Mechanization

The level of mechanization was very low in the Project area. There was no tillage equipment with the farmers and, most of the tillage was carried with the help of rented farm machinery. It was observed that the four tractors available in the project area are used for transportation.

Name of the Equipment Numbers
Sprayer 28
Tractor 4
Tiller -
Rotavator -
MB Plough -

Level of Satisfaction of the Farmers

From the perusal of table 4 it was observed that 22 farmers were satisfied, 6 were satisfied to some extent and 1 was unsatisfied. When inquired about the unsatisfaction, the farmer replied that water delivered to his field was less as compared to flood irrigation. The major problem faced by the farmers of the rea is the stray animals. These animal destroy the crops of the farmers. One progressive farmer was planning fencing of the farm. Of course in due course of time with increase in income levels of the farmers will start fencing their farms of their own and that can save their farms from stray animals. It is pertinent to men

Statisfied: 22
Satisfied to some extent: 6
Not Satisfied: 1

Conclusions of Field Study

The field evaluation was carried out for the Community Solar Powered Lift and Micro Irrigation Project in Talwara and Hazipur Blocks of District Hoshiarpur in the month of June 2016. It was concluded from the evaluation that the farmers were able to sow their crops well in time and their yield levels also increased. This project will go a long way in improving the socio economic status of the project area.