So­lar Ir­ri­ga­tion

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

In Bangladesh, more than 355 so­lar ir­ri­ga­tion pumps have been in­stalled by farm­ers to water crops on more than 9,000 acres of land. A cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to diesel pumps, a so­lar ir­ri­ga­tion pump ir­ri­gates 26 acres of land, gen­er­at­ing about 10.2 kilo­watts of elec­tric­ity. Ev­ery year, Bangladesh im­ports some 3.2 mil­lion tonnes of diesel, while 40 per­cent of it is spent on run­ning of nearly 14.32 lakh ir­ri­ga­tion pumps in­stalled across the coun­try. This year, the In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Com­pany Lim­ited (IDCOL), a state-run fi­nan­cial


or­gan­i­sa­tion, has ap­proved 471 so­lar pumps. IDCOL pro­vides grants to lo­cal farm­ers to help in­stall ir­ri­ga­tion pumps us­ing re­new­able energy.

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