Irrigation using groundwater requires use of fuels such as electricity, diesel, solar power etc., for pumping and distributing water. Electricity is supplied to the farmers at subsidized rates by the Power Distribution Companies (Discoms) for agricultural usage. However, farmers face issues like poor and irregular electrical supply, delayed technical support from Discoms etc. The team of WLF over years have been involved in implementing Energy-Water Efficiency improvement measures and piloted models for quality-supply improvement. The work on developing a sequential timer for drip irrigation farmers is under progress. Majority of reported electricity shocks and fatal accidents are from rural areas, particularly in agricultural electricity usage. Lack of awareness among farmers; poor condition of electricity distribution infrastructure in the villages and least policy priority to safety issues are the major causes of this problem.
Safety Against Electricity Shocks and Accidents
Lately, an awareness event for farmers on 'Safety against Electricity Shocks and Accidents' was organized on 5th Nov, 2016 at Jangaon, Jangaon Dt., Telangana in which around 60 farmers, including 25 women participated. Farmers and women realized the current status of electricity infrastructure in their villages and resolved to take collective steps to improve the same. The event was organized in collaboration with Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Hyderabad Section as a part of the larger initiative dealing with fatal electricity accidents in Telangan