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Webinar on Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Date: 28 February 2020, 15:30-16:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)



Solar-Powered Micro Irrigation Systems (SPIS) 
[ Speaker : Dr. T.B.S. Rajput, Adjunct Professor, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India ]



With the rapid depletion of fossil fuels and threats of global warming, alternative clean sources of energy are being explored in the energy sector. In recent years, solar energy has emerged as one of the cleanest, environmentally friendly and reliable sources of energy. Energy, one of the main inputs of agriculture especially for irrigation, is becoming a focus in the agricultural water management agenda. In this respect, Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) are beginning to gain traction worldwide as the alternative to traditional electric or diesel-run pumps. Such pumps provide an environment-friendly opportunity for irrigation because of the significantly lower emissions of greenhouse gases compared to the higher carbon footprint of the fossil fuel-based electricity options. For sustainable agricultural and rural development, the SPIS’ have proven to be a boon for several pilots and near-commercial scale projects. The SPIS’ provide a reliable source of clean energy to the farmers to irrigate their lands while reducing their operating cost and providing freedom from fluctuating fuel prices.

In this webinar, Dr TB Rajput and Dr. Neelam Patel will be discussing the technological, social and economical benefits of SPIS while gauging its sustainability in the long run. The dialogue would entail the future scope of these emerging systems. The speakers would also share their on-ground experience from the Indian farms.


About the Speaker

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Dr. T B S Rajput

Dr. T B S Rajput is an Adjunct Professor at Water at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India and a Visiting Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. He has over forty years of experience of research and post graduate teaching in the field of Agricultural Water Management. He is a former Project Director and a scientist of national repute. He has published ten books and more than two hundred research articles. He has developed seven computer softwares on different aspects of agricultural water management. Besides research, he has supervised more than twenty post graduate researches. He was adjudged as the Best teacher by Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). He has received many honours and awards for research including the prestigious Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award, the highest award an Agricultural Scientist can get in India. He is widely travelled and is a Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and six other National Scientific Societies in India.



About the Convenor

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Dr. Neelam Pate

Dr. Neelam Patel is Principal Scientist and Incharge, Centre for Protected Cultivation Technology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi since June, 2015 after graduating in Agricultural Engineering from Allahabad University and Master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Doctoral degree from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. She has demonstrated her engineering capabilities in various ventures including sensor based automatic irrigation, precision irrigation and waste water treatment technology. She has worked as member of FAD -17 in Bureau of Indian Standards for formulating the different standards of irrigation system. Her research contributions have earned several recognition including Wat Save Best Young Professional (ICID) and outstanding women scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.


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