SIEMA plans programme for farmers on water management

With water scarcity and water management becoming critical, the Southern India Engineering Manufacturers’ Association (SIEMA) plans a programme in the next one year for farmers on water management.

V. Krishnakumar, president of the association, said at its annual meeting here on Friday that most of its members are pumpset manufacturers and their major customers are farmers.

According to a NITI Ayog report, the country’s water demand is going to be twice the available supply by 2030. It also warns that 21 cities in the country, including Chennai and Bengaluru, will see total depletion of groundwater level by next year. Water-level depletion is not only a serious threat for the public but also for the industry. “Hence, there is an urgent need for our industry to educate our customers, especially farmers, to adopt borewell recharge or rainwater harvesting. We, at SIEMA, plan to conduct some programmes in the coming years to help farmers in water management,” he said.

Mr. Krishnakumar also appealed to the Central and State governments to support farmers with subsidy to develop rainwater harvesting structures. The Union Government extended ₹12,000 each as subsidy under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for construction of toilet. It should provide subsidy on the same lines for farmers to construct water harvesting structures. Several State governments are coming out with schemes to supply pumpsets free of cost to farmers. However, the need of the hour is recharging groundwater.

So farmers should be encouraged to go in for water conservation. “We, from the pump industry, should do our best to educate our customers on water conservation,” he said.

Further, on the technical front, the association had worked with the Bureau of Indian Standards in the last one year in formulating standards for solar pumps, had given its inputs to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency for revising the energy efficiency standards for pumpsets, and has taken up development of smart submersible pumpsets, jointly with SiTarc (Scientific and Industrial Testing and Research Centre).

A centre of excellence has been set up at SiTarc for the project, he added.

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