Promoting low-cost solar fencing his way

By TheHindu on 26 Nov 2016 | read
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I am unable to meet the growing demand, he says INNOVATIVE:Sharanabasappa P. Patil showing the solar fencing developed by him to a farmer at Hal Suntanpur in Chitapur taluk of Gulbarga district. INNOVATIVE:Sharanabasappa P. Patil showing the solar fencing developed by him to a farmer at Hal Suntanpur in Chitapur taluk of Gulbarga district.

A progressive farmer has, in his own way, popularised the solar fencing among farmers in the Hyderabad Karnataka region and outside by reducing the cost of installation by more than 50 per cent using his expertise and locally available inputs.

Sharanabasappa P. Patil, a progressive farmer from Hal Sultanpur in Gulbarga taluk, using his technical knowledge acquired during a training programme at the Industrial Training Institute, has come out with a low-cost version of solar fencing, suitable to the pockets of small and medium farmers, to keep away the predators of crops, including wild pigs, cattle and sheep.

While the cost of the solar fencing charged by companies ranged from Rs 45,000 to 50,000 an acre, the cost of the one developed by Mr. Patil is only Rs. 25,000 an acre. Winner of the Krishi Pandit award instituted by the State government for progressive farmers, Mr. Patil said that the reduction in cost was due to the use of energiser and charge-controller units manufactured by himself using the locally available material.

“It has been proved beyond doubt that the energiser and charge-controller units developed by me is superior than the branded ones. The growing list of farmers using the technology supplied by me bears testimony for the efficacy of the energiser and charge-controller units supplied by me,” he said.

The only branded material used by Mr. Patil is the solar photo voltaic panel and a 12-V battery, which is enough to meet the power requirement for fencing during the night. Mr. Patil has installed his solar fencing in about more than 300 agricultural fields in the Hyderabad Karnataka region, Belgaum, Bangalore (rural), Tumkur, Mandya, Davangere and other districts. His solar fencing has also been installed in the farmland belonging to agriculture colleges, run by the University of Agriculture Sciences and Agricultural Research Stations. “The demand is still growing and I am finding it difficult to meet it,” he said. Mr. Patil said that the cost of fencing could be further brought down by using wooden poles, instead of steel poles.

One of the unique features of Mr. Patil’s solar fencing is that if an animal tries to cross over it, three jolts of electricity will pass through and the electricity will trip, frightening the animal.

In case an animal gets caught in the wire, an alarm sound will be produced and the electricity passing through wires will trip. The power will be restored only after the animal is rescued and removed from the wire.

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