Making farming profitable for smallholder farmers is one of the agricultural challenges faced by India and Nepal. This is due to various factors from a lack of reliable and cost-effective irrigation systems to an unavailability of accurate agricultural knowledge. Poor market access/linkage facilities make the situation even more challenging.
Our proposed solution for empowering smallholder farmers involves water-powered pumps (e.g., the aQysta Barsha Pump model) and the Enabling Access to Sustainable Irrigation with Pay per Harvest (EASI-Pay) model. It is an aggregated approach to provide smallholder farmers with the holistic support required to transform from subsistence to commercial status.
In this combination model, hydro-powered pumps are provided to marginal farmers, along with agriculture extension services, critical agri-inputs, and market access for their harvests. Farmers pay for the product and service through a proportion of the harvest they reap from using the pump and services. The EASI-Pay mechanism is a perfect benefit-sharing model, where our revenue also grows as farmers become more successful and earn more income.
[Video] The Barsha Pump Featured on The Water Channel (The Water Channel)
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