Karimnagar, Telangana | Solar Pumps Tool Made with Humane Club

Karimnagar, Telangana

Overall, water availability for irrigation in the district (based on ground water development and long-term trends of water level decline) is within the safe limit, enhancing long-term sustainability of solar pumps. It has a relatively low penetration of banks in rural and semi-rural areas, impeding access to institutional credit for farmers. The number of medium and long-term institutional loans disbursed in the district is comparatively large, suggesting the availability of credit amongst farmers for potential investments. The district has a relatively high proportion of small and marginal farmers. The district appears in the group of districts, which show (very) low vulnerability towards climate change, as per an index constructed by CRIDA.

Deployment Approaches

Approaches Feasibility
Individually owned off-grid solar pumps Suitable
Solarisation of feeders Limited Suitability
Solar based water as a service Limited Suitability
Promote 1 HP and sub-HP pumps Suitable

Individually owned off-grid solar pumps

Suitable

Availability of groundwater within the safe limit, a comparatively high concentration of diesel pump users, a relatively high crop revenue per holding, and institutional credit disbursed in relatively large amounts in the district make it a suitable candidate for the promotion of solar-based irrigation through the private ownership of solar pumps. Private ownership provides easy and reliable access to irrigation for farmers.

Parameter Value Percentile
Number of cultivators reporting use of diesel pumps 25,197 58
Water Availability Index 0.76 64
Crop revenue per holding (INR) 107,367 61
Medium and long term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore) 170.2 78

Solarisation of feeders

Limited Suitability

The district has a relatively high penetration of electric pumps, and its DISCOM has a rather high bulk power purchase rate, but the district has a comparatively low extent of feeder segregation. Solarisation of the feeders will only be possible once the district separates agricultural feeders from the rest.

Parameter Value Percentile
Power purchase rate for DISCOM (INR/kWh) 5.29 99
Extent of feeder segregation 11% 29
Proportion of cultivators reporting use of electric pumps 64% 95

Solar based water as a service

Limited Suitability

Groundwater availability in the district is within safe limit and the concentration of small and marginal farmers is comparatively high, but the proportion of unirrigated area is relatively low. A solar-based water service will have to compete with existing sources of irrigation.

Parameter Value Percentile
Water Availability Index 0.76 64
Proportion of small and marginal cultivators 89% 59
Unirrigated net sown area as a share of total net sown area 43% 35

Promote 1 HP and sub-HP pumps

Suitable

1 HP and sub-HP pumps could help marginal farmers meet their needs in this district. A relatively high proportion of horticulture crops under gross cropped area, a rather high concentration of marginal farmers, a comparatively high disbursement of institutional credit to marginal farmers, and the availability of groundwater within the safe limit would drive the success of such small-sized pumps in the district. Such small pumps could also be put to use for lift irrigation, provided there is access to surface water.

Parameter Value Percentile
Area under horticulture crops as a share of gross cropped area 6% 52
Water Availability Index 0.76 64
Proportion of marginal cultivators 67% 54
Medium and long term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore) 170.2 78

Leveraging Solar Pumps to Promote Policy Objectives

If you are deploying solar pumps in this district then you can further these policy objectives.

National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP)

The relatively low share of oilseeds and oil palm crops under gross sown area in the district makes it a suitable candidate for promoting NMOOP. Solar pumps could meet irrigation needs for these crops and help farmers diversify their yields beyond cereals.

Parameter Value Percentile
Area under oilseeds as a share of total cropped area 2% 36

Per Drop More Crop

In the district, crops suitable for drip and sprinkler irrigation occupy a relatively high proportion of gross cropped area, making it easy to adopt such high precision irrigation methods. Solar pumps, along with other efficient and precise water application devices, could be deployed under Per Drop More Crop to promote efficient irrigation.

Parameter Value Percentile
Area under crops suitable for drip and sprinkler irrigation as a share of total cropped area 34% 68

Karimnagar, Telangana
Summary
Number of operational holdings
662,320
Average size of operational holding (Ha)
0.97
No. of cultivators using diesel pumps
25,197
No. of cultivators using electric pumps
424,567
Parameters (value, percentile)
Unirrigated net sown area ('000 ha)
240
86
Area under horticulture crops as a share of gross cropped area
6%
52
Water Availability Index
0.76
64
Monthly per capita expenditure of rural agricultural households (INR)
1,400
64
Crop revenue per holding (INR)
107,367
61
No. of rural and semi-urban bank branches per 10,000 farmers
4.48
20
Medium and long-term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore)
170.2
78
No. of calls made at Kisan Call Centre (between 1.1.2011 - 31.12.2015)
2,698
72
Level of farm mechanisation (tractors, harvesters, threshers per ha)
0.57
72