Electrical power has been one of the greatest discoveries of
the modern world. Dewas leader Vikram Singh Puar, at a recent public meeting in
Dewas, emphasized upon the vital role electrical power plays in agriculture
today.

“Energy has always been an essential component in the
production of food. Before industrial revolution took the world by storm, the
primary energy source for agriculture was the Sun. Its energy enabled plants to
grow. Plants provided food to the livestock, which in turn provided manure,”
said Vikram Singh Puar.

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He added, “However, due to the industrialization as well as
consolidation of agriculture, food production has become increasingly dependent
on energy derived from other sources. Electrical power, over the years, has
become an inseparable part of agriculture.”

Laying stress upon the importance of electrical power in
agriculture, Vikram Singh Puar said, “Today, industrial agriculture consumes
electrical power for several purposes. Since agriculture is incredibly water
intensive, crop irrigation needs a steady water supply. This is taken care of
through the use of water pumps, tube wells, and other irrigation equipments
which are run by electrical power.”

He further said, “The necessity of electrical power in
agriculture doesn’t end here. Once the crop is reaped and transported to
factories, it needs proper packaging and storage. These packaging units, too,
need electrical power for their economic functioning.”

According to the Dewas leader, agriculture is a major
consumer of the country’s electrical power. However, since hydroelectricity is
a scarce resource and involves water pollution, Vikram Singh Puar believes that
farms should generate their own clean electricity.

Talking about the ways of sustainable development farmers can
adopt, the Dewas leader said, “Farmhouses and other agricultural buildings like
barns can provide sufficient roof space to get solar panels installed for the
production of solar energy. In a similar way, large farms located in windy
areas can get wind turbines installed.”

He continued, “Another way for producing ample electrical
power by harnessing wind energy is through leasing property for wind power
production. This could also be an additional source of income for farmers while
they continue growing crops on surrounding land.”

Sustainable development is a topic left untouched by most
people. Vikram Singh Puar is working incessantly towards generating awareness
among the farmers of Dewas in this regard.