Solar Farming: Need to define road map for sustainable solar electrification in agri sector

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It is no secret that solar energy is one of the most crucial renewable sources of energy that can be utilized for multifarious purposes. Solar energy is widely being adopted in almost each sector and agriculture is no exception.

What is Solar Farming?

Solar agriculture enables farmers to install solar panels that ensure optimum usage of energy. For small-scale and marginal farmers with small tracts of land, this kind of agriculture provides an alternative to offset energy bills and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

A key to restore agricultural production capacity

Solar Farming could be a vital key to sustainably protecting and restoring agricultural, livestock and fishery production capacities, and subsequently, household incomes.

For example, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), through support received from the European Union and other countries, has been working tirelessly to address electricity shortages in the Gaza strip through the introduction of renewable solar energy sources. With this, thousands of farmers are now able to operate poultry and dairy farms and make their irrigation ponds operational.

Demand for solar-powered water technologies on rise

Solar-powered water technologies are in high demand as they provide an economical solution to boost agricultural productivity.

It is undeniable that access to water for irrigation is key to a large number of peasants to sustain their livelihoods. Running traditional irrigation systems or diesel-based pumping systems lead to high operating costs, generally experience service gaps, contribute to GHG emissions, and to the energy bills as well.

Hence, solar power is a promising solution for eco-friendly agriculture in regions with high-solar-insulation.

In short, to safeguard agriculture and food security in the long-run, there is a need to define a road map for sustainable solar electrification in the agriculture sector.