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Irrigation pumps will run completely on solar power: PM

Special Correspondent Solar 2024-06-15, 2:17pm

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Irrigation pumps will run completely on solar power: PM



Dhaka, June 15 - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Saturday that her government wants to transform the irrigation system of the country to run completely on solar power.

“I want to make the irrigation system completely dependent on solar power. Initially, it might need some investment, but in the long run, it would cut the cost,” she said.

Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, said this while inaugurating the tree plantation campaign of the Bangladesh Krishak League at a function at her official residence, Ganabhaban. 

She said that the government is giving subsidies to the power sector.

“An excellent system has been invented. An umbrella equipped with a solar panel is to be installed over a well where the rainwater will be preserved. The irrigation will be done with solar energy,” Sheikh Hasina said. 

She mentioned that a huge amount of land will not be wasted in introducing the system. 

“At present, the solar panel is being developed, and we can set up a solar panel in a nearby village to do the irrigation,” the Prime Minister said.

She said that the government will advance the country towards industrialization through developing an agro-based economy, not excluding it. 

“We will develop agriculture, and agriculture-based industrialization is more important for us. Because our raw materials will come from this agriculture,” the Prime Minister said.

She said that for that purpose, the government is setting up 100 special  economic zones across the country. 

“The aim of these economic zones is to contain building industries here and there that destroy arable land. Our croplands must not be destroyed at any cost. No one will be allowed to set up industries there,” Sheikh Hasina said.

She called upon the people to plant trees in larger numbers for building a "Green Bangladesh".

"We have to plant trees as much as we can across the country to make a Green Bangladesh," Sheikh Hasina said.

She asked her party leaders and activists to play a pivotal role in turning Bangladesh green.

Sheikh Hasina called upon them to plant saplings on the embankments of rivers, coastal belts, roadsides, rooftops, and houses to bolster the green movement.

The prime minister planted three saplings at the Ganabhaban, marking the programme.

Krishak League President Samir Chanda and Acting General Secretary Bishwanath Sarker Bitu spoke on the occasion. 

Krishak League Joint General Secretary Shamima Shahriar moderated the function.-UNB