Deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday said the farmers of Bihar would not only grow crops in their fields but also generate solar energy in the future.
Addressing the executive committee meeting of the farmers’ cell of the state BJP, SuMo said the government was working on a plan to co-relate agriculture produce with solar energy to improve the economic condition of the farmers.
“The farmers will not only be known as ‘annadata’ but also as ‘urjadata’ in the days to come,” the deputy CM said, adding, that agriculture pumps based on solar energy would be installed in the fields for the purpose.
He said the government would promote the use of solar energy generated pumps for agriculture purposes. SuMO revealed that 1.4 lakh farmers have already been given power connections for agriculture purposes in the state.
As a result of which the farmers were being supplied power at the rate of only Rs 65 paise per unit instead of Rs 6.15 per unit earlier fixed by the government. “This has been possible due to power connections given to the farmers at a subsidized rate,” he added.
He said the state government has approved ‘Bihar Agriculture Investment and Promotion Policy 2020′ to boost agriculture-related industry in Bihar.