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Solar irrigation cuts drought risk, emissions for Kenya's farmers
by Benson Rioba

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
28 November 2016

On 28 November 2016 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: In the scorching sun, Alphonce Abok keeps an eye on his fields of watermelons growing near the banks of the Sound River, one of the major channels feeding into Lake Victoria. Not so long ago, he said, his efforts failed as he couldn't get enough water to the crop. In July, however, he purchased a solar-powered irrigation pump that he now hopes will give him a much more reliable harvest. ... Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Abok used to use a diesel irrigation pump that cost nearly $10 a day in fuel to run, and often drained his budget, as well as being noisy and smoky, he said.

His new $637 pump required a $414 down payment, with $25 a month repayments until it is paid off.

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