Gujarat solar cooperative: Model for generating additional farm income, conserving ground water, says experts

Farmers of India’s first solar cooperative set up in Dhundi village of Kheda district of Gujarat received their initial payments for harvesting solar power on their farms, Monday, as experts put forth this experimental cooperative model as a effective solution for providing farmers with an additional income and conserving ground water.

Describing the solar cooperative, Dhundi Saur Urja Utpadak Sahakari Mandali, as a beginning of an “orange revolution” in a region that gave the country it’s first milk cooperative RS Sodhi, managing director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (GCMMF) said, “If the income of farmers have to be doubled as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then this is one of the steps towards achieving it. The region that gave India its White Revolution is now inspiring an Orange Revolution powered by solar farmers.”

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