Water is much important for agriculture. Due to the negative effects and urbanization, water for agricultural irrigation is getting scarcer day by day. To encounter this challenge, various strategies and technologies have been developed to practice smart-agriculture.
It is encouraging to learn that the USAID’s Kenya Smallholder Solar Irrigation Project, funded by Feed the Future, has developed a solar water pump kit which they named as –Sunflower Solar Pump and which is capable of drawing water from a variety of sources including groundwater and lakes for irrigation. As the pump is powered by solar energy, that is, Sun, the Kit is environment friendly. The Kenyan farmers have started benefitting by using Sunflower Solar Pump. The farmers have been provided with loan on easy installments to purchase the kit.
No doubt, the Sunflower Solar Pump is a farmer-friendly technology particularly for the smallholder farmers around the world. The USAID and Feed the Future deserves appreciation for innovating the Sunflower Solar Pump and for disseminating the technology among the farmers in Kenya.
I think the Sunflower Solar Pump can also be adopted by the farmers in Bangladesh for drawing water from various sources at a cheaper price because Bangladesh has enough ponds and rivers.
Professor M Zahidul Haque
Department of Agricultural Extension & Information System
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University