In 2014 we partnered with Lorentz and installed our first solar powered irrigation pump in Pathein, Ayeyarwady Delta. The Lorentz pumps vastly increase production (rice increases by 1 ton per hectare when irrigation system have been employed) by increasing crop yield, cropping intensity, cropping area and number of cropping seasons.
These lead to benefits for farmers (and their communities) such as increased and stabilisation of income, lower food prices, increased family food availability and consumption, reduced crop failure, reduced season dependence, increased and stabilisation of employment opportunities, leading to increased resources available for education and health etc.
By setting up revolving funds, we maximise the implementers budget – ensuring that multiple solar pumping systems are bought with a relatively small initial investment.
Lorentz water pumps replacing farmers’ dependency on diesel.
Installed on a floating platform, the pump is mobile and is able to reach numerous rice farmers along the river.
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