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An impactful awareness raising workshop for farmers on 'KUSUM Component A' was organized on July 4th, 2024 at ICAR-ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana. The event, was held in collaboration with GIZ India. A total of 87 participants including farmers and Subject Matter Specialists (SMS) participated from six Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) viz. Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Moga, Barnala, Jalandhar and Sangrur.

The workshop commenced with a welcoming address by Dr. Preeti Mamgai, followed by introductory remarks from Sh. Ranjit Jadhav, a representative of GIZ India. Dr. Parvender Sheoran, Director of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana, extended a warm welcome to all participants and encouraged farmers to adopt renewable energy sources. Sh. Y.V.K. Rahul from GIZ India highlighted the key features of PM KUSUM Component A, while Senior Scientist Dr. Jugraj Singh from PAU, Ludhiana, provided valuable insights on opportunities in the Agro Photo voltaics system. The GIZ India team presented various installation and business models through videos and presentations, aiming to foster farmers' interest in the PM KUSUM scheme (Component A). Sh. Nayyab Mittal, Manager from the Punjab Energy Development Agency, also contributed in providing valuable insights on schemes of state government for promotion of renewable energy sources in agricultural activities.

            The primary focus of the discussions was on promotion of the establishment of solar power plants on farmland, enabling farmers to generate additional income. The workshop highlighted the potential benefits and practical aspects of integrating solar energy into agricultural practices, contributing to a sustainable and economically viable farming sector. The event was a significant step towards empowering farmers with the knowledge and resources to adopt renewable energy solutions, thereby enhancing their livelihoods and promoting sustainable development in the agricultural sector.