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Kano CARES Project Empowers Farmers with Solar Water Pump Machines

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By Mustapha Salisu

The Kano CARES project has made significant strides in supporting farmers involved in irrigation in Kano state by disbursing solar water pump machines to seven Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The Agricultural intervention under Kano COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (KN-CARES) project aims to alleviate the hardship faced by farmers in accessing water channels for irrigation, thereby enhancing their agricultural productivity and livelihoods.

Addressing newsmen in Kano, head of delivery of the project, Malam Rufa’I Halilu Ahmed, revealed that the project was a product of collaboration between the federal government of Nigeria, Kano State government and the World Bank to assist the poor, small and medium farmers in all the 44 local government areas of the state.

One of the main advantages of the solar water pump machines is their ability to utilize sunlight, making the cost of operation virtually free. By reducing the dependence on electricity or diesel, farmers benefit from lower recurring costs for electricity or fuel once the pumps are installed.

Compared to conventional water pumps, solar water pumps require minimal maintenance, further lowering operational expenses for the farmers.

Moreover, the solar water pump machines offer environmentally-friendly benefits. As their energy is derived directly from the sun, the pumps leave a significantly smaller environmental footprint compared to traditional pumps, contributing to sustainable farming practices in the region.

The Kano CARES project targeted specific LGAs, including Rimin Gado, Doguwa, Bebeji, Tsanyawa, Albasu, Takai, and Gaya, to ensure that farmers in these areas benefit from the advantages of solar-powered irrigation systems.

In addition to the solar water pump initiative, the Kano CARES project has also disbursed petrol water pump machines for irrigation farming across all 44 LGAs in Kano state.

This comprehensive approach demonstrates the project’s commitment to supporting the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable households throughout the region.

Before the intervention of the Kano CARES project, many beneficiaries were hesitant to engage in irrigation farming due to the challenges associated with accessing water.

However, with the distribution of water pump machines, farmers are now equipped with the necessary tools to ease their farming practices, encouraging more individuals to participate in this sustainable and income-generating agricultural activity.

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