Impacting the Farmers in Sudan through Solar Energy for Agriculture
The agricultural sector in Sudan offers an essential privilege for Sudan citizens, but they majorly depend on diesel, which has been activated by water pumps. There has been an increase of over 50% productivity in the Agricultural sector due to the launch of Solar power. Sudan citizens are making good stories. An example is Abdel Islam Ahmed, who said that his interest was in agriculture after seeing the profits that resulted from Solar power. Additionally, the savings that come up with the use of Solar energy.
Abdel continued by saying that the result of planting date palms by utilizing Solar energy has been able to cater to the bills of more than three families in his community. He said that in the past, he would use many overheads to accommodate the needs of the farm, but now that he only needs the sun, water can automatically come, and they can use it for planting and also other domestic chores. According to him, Solar energy has improved his living standards, and life has also been made easier for them. Solar energy has caused a positive effect in their agricultural sector, leading to a surplus of food.
The introduction of solar power in Sudan has caused some people like Abdel Rahman, Al-Faith, and Aicha’s to have success in over 29 farms with 257kWp of solar pumps and power plant in over 463 acres of land in total. With efficient and readily available energy, the fear of harms is no longer a problem. Farmers could grow crops without any fear and cause an increase in output in over 46%. Additionally, there has been an increased surplus of water, which has increased the crop production of farms plus the lives of the people.
With the increased production of water, new crops were launched, including mangos, lemons, and cotton. Increased water supply plus other advantages led to a growth in food crop and cash crop production. Farmers have been able to assess to come up with an annual raise of tons of 161 to 237 tons, which makes a percentage of 47% increase. Consequently, it has also increased the pay and income of the farmers yearly. A rise in the production of crops has also been evident even in the dry seasons, especially in the summer months, where a lot of farmers expect to have more fuel to generate water production.