Saturday, 1 October, 2022

Uninterrupted power supply to be must for Aman irrigation: Nasrul

Uninterrupted power supply to be must for Aman irrigation: Nasrul

Like previous year, the government has committed to ensure supply of uninterrupted power for Aman irrigation as it needs only 2228.502 megawatt (MW) electricity.

"Uninterrupted electricity supply will be must for farmers from 12 midnight to 6am for irrigation during Aman season," State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid stated recently at a function virtually.

He said a total of 4,64,031 existing irrigation connections under six power distribution companies across the country and if all are connected, some 2,228.502 MW power will be required this year. 

"The irrigation activities cannot be interrupted at any circumstances. Regarding this issue the power division has to coordinate, supervise and monitor for further strengthening of the activities," Nasrul said.

Due to insufficient rainfall during the Aman season this year, uninterrupted power supply to irrigation systems is necessary to continue production in the agricultural sector, he said. 

According to the Bangladesh Power Development Board information, the government generated actual electricity at 11418 MW against the demand of 13,472 MW yesterday.

It said as per the today's forecast the power demand will be 14,100 MW at evening while the government produces 12,200 MW.

The state minister said that the Aman season is almost over and only 10 to 15 days are now left. 

He asked all the distribution entities to keep open their respective control rooms and inform concerned by publishing phone and mobile numbers of the control rooms on of their websites.

Nasrul Hamid said the trend of electricity demand is being increased across the country due to irrigation season as well as summer.

"The government is committed to ensure uninterrupted supply of fuel for irrigation across the country, as our farmers have kept wheels of the country's economy moving during the global coronavirus epidemic," he said.

Nasrul observed excessive load shedding is taking place in areas under the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) areas, which was not desirable, adding, "It necessary to ensure balanced distribution policy in coordination with electricity demand and supply."