USAID’s pro­gramme to save Rs 660m

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Elec­tric­ity for Wa­ter Pro­gramme of the U.S. Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment's (USAID) will en­able Pak­istani farm­ers to save Rs 660 mil­lion and 45 megawatts elec­tric­ity an­nu­ally.

"Over the next 16 months, farm­ers in Pak­istan will be able to save $7.7 mil­lion (Rs. 660 mil­lion) by re­plac­ing in­ef­fi­cient tube­well wa­ter pumps with more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ones," the USAID said in a press state­ment is­sued here.

The Elec­tric­ity for Wa­ter Pro­gramme is one of six ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the U.S. Quick Im­pact En­ergy Pro­gramme that Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton an­nounced last year to help al­le­vi­ate Pak­istan's power short­ages. The agri­cul­ture sec­tor is a ma­jor con­sumer of en­ergy in Pak­istan, and tube­well pumps that farm­ers use to ir­ri­gate their fields are re­spon­si­ble for a large share of peak elec­tri­cal de­mand.

Many of the cur­rent pumps op­er­ate at only 30 per­cent ef­fi­ciency. The USAID's pro­gramme will re­place as many as 11,000 of the pumps. The man­u­fac­tur­ers of the pumps guar­an­tee at least 20 per­cent en­ergy sav­ings. "Through its Elec­tric­ity for Wa­ter Pro­gramme, USAID hopes to set an ex­am­ple for re­duced en­ergy con­sump­tion in agri­cul­ture," said Denise Her­bol, Act­ing Di­rec­tor of USAID. "This ef­fort will not only save en­ergy for the coun­try, but also de­crease costs to the farm­ers".

To help farm­ers re­place their pumps, the USAID is sub­si­diz­ing 50 per­cent of the cost of the new pumps. The pumps are be­ing pro­duced by rep­utable Pak­istani man­u­fac­tur­ers who will in­stall the pumps, pro­vide war­ranties, and con­duct af­ter­sales main­te­nance. -App

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