With the aim of implementing 35 solar-powered agricultural irrigation systems in Yemen, the second phase of renewable energy project is recently being launched in Yemen. This initiative aims at improving the quality of life and is located in the governorates of Hadramout, Abyan, and Lahij.
The project is built with the support of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY), the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND), and the Selah Foundation for Development.
In the first phase, three contracts were signed between the advisory body, the executing contractor, and the farmers benefiting from the project, in the presence of representatives of SDRPY and Selah Foundation for Development’s Executive Director Ali Hassan Bashmakh.It has contributed to fulfilling the needs of the beneficiaries to find clean and potable water, achieving water security, and enhancing rural resilience.
The first phase is reported to have effectively helped provide safe access to clean water, reduce the suffering of people who face difficulty in securing water, and save the cost of fuel as well as operational and economic expenses for the beneficiaries. Moreover,the first phase also benefited over 62,000 beneficiaries and the project aimed at improving the quality of life by rehabilitating wells through implementing 12 drinking-water systems powered by renewable energy and providing energy to around 20 educational and health facilities.
In the second phase also, water wells will be rehabilitated through solar power systems for agricultural irrigation in the targeted governorates, which grow food crops, including grains, fruits, vegetables and fodder, and have faced operational difficulties due to drought. This phase targets 580 beneficiaries and is expected to help alleviate the burden on farm owners and support sustainable agricultural production.
Under the project, training sessions will also be conducted for field engineers on solar-powered water wells to enhance their skills, build their technical capacities, and ensure the project’s sustainability.Thus,the project aimed at improving the quality of life of the natives of Yemen.