Community Farming Project – Hirve Maharashtra
July 7th, 2016 by nimbus
As promised, here we are with our deployment of a solar system for a community farming project. We would love to hear back from you on your thoughts about this project. If you have a project in mind that deals with community farming we will be happy to discuss the scope with you further.
In case you would like to know what motivated us to work on projects like community farming, you can read it here.
Overview of the Project
The 70 farmers on the hills of Hirve, Maharashtra had just one source of income, farming. In turn, their farming was dependent on rain. They could harvest only one crop in one complete year.
The only source of perennial water was in the foothills of the mountain.
Our Solution to the Problem
The aim of this project was to make the water on the foothills available throughout the year to the 70 farmers on the nearby hills to help them irrigate a second and a third crop.
The Plan and Execution of the project
- The targeted 70 farmers had a combined land of 25 acres on two adjacent hills.
- The project plan included installation of solar pumps to continuously pump the water from the foothills to the various farm lands through distribution pipelining on a rotation basis to increase the yield and cycles of crops.
- The solar pumps were designed depending on the pressure and water requirement. The farm lands were situated nearly 80 meters above the stream. We used a 13HP pump to lift 25000 litres of water per hour.
- Fields on the 2 hills received water at separate times on a rotation basis.
- The water distribution runs on 2- to 3-day cycles for the farmers.
- Drip irrigation systems were installed on both sets of farm lands with the pressure created due to gravity.
We also provided storage facilities for the water pumped, for days of low sun intensity.
Impact of the Project
- Projects such as this affect the community and hence its impact is easily noticeable.
- The initial cost is borne by the community as a whole and hence individual cost decreases.
- The income of farmers in the community increases, leading to lesser people having to relocate for better opportunities.
- Installing solar equipment bypasses the need for electricity via diesel generators. This reduces the operational costs.
- Above all, such projects combine usage of renewable energy with overall benefit, to provide socio-economic growth to a community and also helps save water by reducing its wastage.
- An added bonus of this project is a clean and noise-free environment.
- Hope you liked the project and are inspired to invest in one as well. You can directly get in touch with us if you have community-driven projects as part of your CSR initiative.
- You can also visit us or give us a call. You will find our details in the contact page.
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