The distress facing the agriculture sector needs an integrated approach deriving a win-win solution for all the concerned stakeholders such as water security and better livelihood for farmers, easing of the massive financial burden on the state and the electricity utility, and benefits to the public at large through job creation and lower emissions.
In our report Water-Energy-Land-Livelihood (WELL) Nexus, we have considered a three-pronged approach consisting of:
(i) grid-interactive solar PV (photovoltaic)
(iii) advanced irrigation technology (AI) at the farm level
(ii) energy efficient pumps (EE)
(WELL) Nexus also makes policy recommendations for a successful implementation of this approach.