Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday announced 40% subsidy on solar irrigation pumps towards the promotion of state's flagship programme of agriculture diversification.
The chief minister also sanctioned Rs. 5 crore for providing subsidy to the farmers besides fruit and vegetable growers, on these solar pumps.
A solar pump costs nearly Rs. 2.5 lakh of which 40% (Rs 1 lakh) and 30% (Rs 75,000) as subsidy is borne by the state government and the union government, respectively, and the balance 30% which works out to be Rs. 75,000 has to be paid by the beneficiary farmer.
The priority, however, would be given to those farmers opting for crop diversification, a spokesman said.