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Sabar Kantha, Gujarat

The average monthly per capita expenditure of rural agricultural households is relatively low for the district, suggesting poor purchasing capacity of the farmers here. For average crop revenue per holding, the district appears among the top 25 percentile of districts, implying higher investment capacity of the farmers here. 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 appears in the group of districts, which are (very) highly vulnerable towards climate change, as per an index constructed by CRIDA.

Deployment Approaches

Approaches Feasibility
Individually owned off-grid solar pumps Limited Suitability
Solarisation of feeders Suitable
Solar based water as a service Not Suitable
Promote 1 HP and sub-HP pumps Limited Suitability

Individually owned off-grid solar pumps

Limited Suitability

The district has a comparatively high concentration of diesel pump users, high crop revenue per holding, and a relatively high disbursement of institutional credit. However, groundwater availability is below the safe limit. Water conservation and efficient irrigation practices (such as drip irrigation) should be promoted to improve the viability of solar pumps.

Parameter Value Percentile
Number of cultivators reporting use of diesel pumps 27,830 61
Water Availability Index 0.75 59
Crop revenue per holding (INR) 212,740 85
Medium and long term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore) 183.7 80

Solarisation of feeders

Suitable

Given the relatively high bullk power purchase rate for the respective DISCOM, a comparatively high extent of feeder segregation, and a high penetration of electric pumps, solarisation of the feeders would be a recommended way to promote solar-powered irrigation in the district. It would ensure the rapid and cost effective solarisation of irrigation power at a large scale.

Parameter Value Percentile
Power purchase rate for DISCOM (INR/kWh) 3.8 38
Extent of feeder segregation 100% 69
Proportion of cultivators reporting use of electric pumps 27% 76

Solar based water as a service

Not Suitable

The district has a rather low concentration of small and marginal farmers and a relatively low proportion of unirrigated area. Moreover, groundwater availability is below the safe limit, making it extremely difficult to promote solar-based irrigation through the water-as-a-service model here.

Parameter Value Percentile
Water Availability Index 0.75 59
Proportion of small and marginal cultivators 74% 29
Unirrigated net sown area as a share of total net sown area 48% 39

Promote 1 HP and sub-HP pumps

Limited Suitability

The district has a comparatively high disbursement of institutional credit to marginal farmers and a relatively high proportion of horticulture crops under gross cropped area. But groundwater availability below safe limit and a rather low concentration of marginal farmers limits the demand for 1 HP and sub-HP pumps in the district.

Parameter Value Percentile
Area under horticulture crops as a share of gross cropped area 7% 55
Water Availability Index 0.75 59
Proportion of marginal cultivators 45% 27
Medium and long term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore) 183.7 80

Leveraging Solar Pumps to Promote Policy Objectives

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

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 0.45 81

Sabar Kantha, Gujarat
Summary
Number of operational holdings
269,867
Average size of operational holding (Ha)
1.65
No. of cultivators using diesel pumps
27,830
No. of cultivators using electric pumps
73,923
Parameters (value, percentile)
Unirrigated net sown area ('000 ha)
212
82
Area under horticulture crops as a share of gross cropped area
7%
55
Water Availability Index
0.75
59
Monthly per capita expenditure of rural agricultural households (INR)
914
19
Crop revenue per holding (INR)
212,740
85
No. of rural and semi-urban bank branches per 10,000 farmers
11.12
74
Medium and long-term institutional credit disbursed in a year (in INR Crore)
183.7
80
No. of calls made at Kisan Call Centre (between 1.1.2011 - 31.12.2015)
2,708
72
Level of farm mechanisation (tractors, harvesters, threshers per ha)
0.13
36