Power usage in agriculture sector up 136% in 2012-13 despite drought

NASHIK: Power usage in the agriculture sector in the 2012-13 financial year has recorded a whopping 136% increase than the previous year, notwithstanding a weaker monsoon and depleting ground water level. In comparison, the district socio-economic survey for 2013 revealed, power consumption in the industrial sector that was recorded at 2%.

The report that was to be launched in 2014 March was delayed for some reasons. It was released in 2015, even as the survey report of 2014 by the district statistics office, is awaited.

The report pointed out that the consumption of energy in agriculture sector was recorded 1.74 crore kilowatt hours (kWh) of the energy consumed in the agriculture sector as against 73.80 lakh kWh energy consumed the previous year.

“It may be noted that 2012-13 experienced a severe drought-like situation only next to the one witnessed by state in 1972. The ground water levels recorded by the Groundwater Surveillance Department Agency (GSDA) showed a depleting trend. This was the time when the farmers were trying to save their farms desperately and went to all extents to pump out water from wells, borewells and even irrigation canals,” a senior official in the statistics department said.

This was the time when the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDLC) also started the ‘Mahavitaran at your door step’ scheme, in which it attempted to curb power thefts by giving legal connections to the farmers in rural areas without they having to visit the company’s office.

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