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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

“Energy has always been an essential component in the
production of food. Prior to the industrial revolution, the primary energy
input for agriculture was the sun. The sun’s energy enabled plants to grow, and
plants served as food for 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.

“While houses, barns and other buildings provide ample roof
space for the installation of solar panels, farms with large swaths of land in
windy areas are ideal sites for wind turbines. By leasing property for wind
power production, these farms can earn an additional source of revenue while
continuing to grow crops on surrounding land.”