By Edna A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, Feb. 15, GNA - Aggrico Solar Ghana, in partnership with the Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project (GCAP) have donated Solar Water Pumps to the Anyarko and Kukobila Nasia Farms based in the Volta and Northern regions respectively.
The products will empower small-holder farmers to increase their crop yield and reduce manual labour through the introduction of the affordable automated solar powered irrigation tools.
The Solar Water pump is designed specifically with the small holder farmer in mind to reduce work load on the farmers.
Each Solar Irrigation kit includes Grade A 265watt solar panel, 300 meters of durable spray tape and a 24 volt/200watt DC impeller pump.
It is designed to work reliably in the harshest environments, including rivers and shallow water sources, with minimal maintenance and no damage to the ecosystem.
In a brief presentation held at the GCAP office in Accra, the project Manager for Aggrico Mr. Amol Parker said, each kit contains everything a farmer needs to irrigate 1000 square meters of land a day.
He said using a clean renewable energy source, the solar water pumps have zero running costs and are not dependent on an often-unreliable electrical grid.
Mr. Parker believes that, solar pumps will revolutionize water use in agriculture and provide an attractive means for farmers to irrigate their crops by upgrading from traditional grid powered pumps.
With this, Aggrico aims at expanding access to sustainable irrigation solutions for sub-Saharan African farmers, provide modern and scientific methods of irrigation, increase agriculture yields for small-holder farms and cooperatives and also create inclusive economies and social impact investor opportunities.
Mr. Charles Nornoo, the Project Coordinator for GCAP was elated about the collaboration, saying that, “Aggrico came with the initiative and we welcomed it. This is a laudable idea, which will be good for the farmers. Most people bring these products and keep it in their showroom for farmers to buy but Aggrico did otherwise.”
Two benefactors of the product, Hisham Seidu of Kukobila Nasia Farms and Richard Nunekpeku of Anyarko farms expressed gratitude to the two institutions, saying that, the product would reduce labour on the farms.
The World Bank funded GCAP is line with government priorities in the pursuit of poverty reduction, and is consistent with Ghana’s Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy (FASDEP II,2007).