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Solar Energy, wealth of Anantapur

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Solar Energy, wealth of Anantapur

Yerramanchi Gangulappa discovers that after groundnut and sheep, solar power is the latest wealth of Anantapur distrtict

Yerramanchi Gangulappa is a farmer from Buchaiahgaripalli village, which is about 100km from Anantapur. He has 5 acres of land with a bore-well hand pump. Gangulappa spent `5500/-and bought 200 mango seedlings and planted them in his land. He, his wife and his eldest son worked hard to water the plants. They used to fill water into four drums from the hand pump and carry the drums on a bullock cart and then pot water the plants. With their hard work and occasional rains, the plants did well. In 2011,Gangulappa applied to RDT for a solar pump set and RDT sanctioned it. Now, with a combination of a solar-powered pump and borewell, Gangulappa laid pipelines to water the plants. This reduced the labour in watering the plants and also water wastage. The number of mango plants increased to 370. The plants grew healthy. Gangulappa got eight tons yield and `15,000/- per ton in the Dharmavaram and Kothacheruvu markets. Excluding `20,000/- spent on fertilizers and pesticides, Gangulappa received a net income of `1,00,000/-. Gangulappa says, “Workload has diminished and fruit size has increased. I have been earning `1,00,000/- every year, since 2011. I am able to buy `30,000/- worth of rice for my family and clothes and books for my children’s education. I could repay `50,000/- of my previous loans. Now I am even able to help others in need.”