Provide more power for irrigation
The government has asked the Power Development Board to supply uninterrupted electricity to the rural areas through rationing in urban areas for irrigation pumps during Boro season.
According to the power division sources, all irrigation pumps will get electricity supply from 11:00pm to 7:00am uninterruptedly.
The demand of electricity in irrigation is growing since the cost of power driven pump is lower compared to the diesel driven pump. But due to electricity generation shortage, the Rural Electrification Board (REB) could not meet the demand, sources added.
The offices of Palli Bidyut Samity across the country so far received about three lakh applications from farmers to get electricity connections to run their irrigation pumps during summer.
Agricultural ministry has estimated that 1664 MW of electricity is needed to feed 2,46,000 electricity driven pumps.
The demand is 100 MW more than the previous year while the growth of demand for electricity in agriculture is 8 to 9 percent on an average.
According to the ministry, the number of irrigation pumps is 15 lakh of which about 2.5 lakh are operated by electricity.
The REB authorities have submitted a Tk 300 crore project titled "Improvement of existing distribution system to meet the demand of irrigation" to the planning commission to boost the irrigation.