Making Solar Water Pumping (SWP) System Affordable to Small Farmers

October 08, 2018
Most of the rain-fed and small holder farmers in Nepal struggle for sustainable irrigation and are dependent on laborious, time consuming and expensive methods of irrigation and livestock watering. Rain, hand pumps, diesel pump sets and manually carrying water limits them to subsistence farming.
Reliable and sustainable water supply should be promoted to bolster agricultural productivity, improved livestock farming, and ensured food security. In this light, SWP systems are proven technology in Nepal that has graduated farmers to commercial farming and improved rural livelihoods.  However, this technology has not been adopted widely in lack of knowledge about the technology among market actors of agricultural value chain.  In addition, the high upfront cost makes the technology unaffordable for farmers.
Our Approach:
Winrock implemented USAID funded Accelerated Commercialization Solar Photovoltaic Water pumping (AC-PVWP) project. Under this project, Winrock successfully installed 76 Solar SWP systems in different part of Nepal for irrigation and livestock watering (fish farming, poultry, cow and pig farming) with affordable business models including lease-to-own model, credit financing model and water entrepreneurship model.
The learnings from AC-PVWP will be applied in this project to provide reliable water solutions and scale-up SWP installation through knowledge exchange workshops,  capacity building of farmers, financial institutions (FIs) and policy makers of (rural) municipalities on innovative and appropriate business models, creating linkages of farmers and cooperatives with SWP suppliers , field visits to SWP sites and technology demonstrations for farmers.
Project Location:
Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalpur
Dowload file for more information: Project Information_WISIONS_SWP_November_CP_ 2018.pdf

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