Impact Stories

Sun-watered vegetables

Farmers in Serbia are lauding a new system of watering their crops using solar powered irrigation technology. This means more crops, and less costs! 

 

In 2015, the GGF signed a EUR 20 million loan agreement with Beograd-based ProCredit Bank a.d., Serbia’s leading green lender for retail and business clients. ProCredit used some of this funding to support small-scale farmers such as Marko Čarnić, who grows vegetables in Begeč. A EUR 30,000 loan allowed Mr. Čarnić to install a solar-powered irrigation system that reduced his operating expenses and increased crop income. Solar power completely replaced the diesel fueling the older system, which irrigated six hectares of farmland. The typical diesel consumption was 3,000 liters for the six hectares each season; replacing this with solar resulted in an estimated payback period of 2.5 years for the system. “This is a wonderful project and I am very pleased with this system. It has changed the way I farm, and I want this replicated on all my other tracts. I am happy with how it has changed my business!” said Mr. Čarnić

With simple operation and maintenance and no fuel requirements, the solar-powered irrigation drip system became cleaner, more reliable and more inexpensive than conventional pumps.