A Fresh Future for Farmers

A flourishing agriculture industry awaits farmers of Norzagaray, Bulacan in the Philippines despite the presence of COVID-19 thanks to ongoing developments in the SOLution project. 

Solar-powered Irrigation System for Farming Communities or SOLution is a project of ASSIST in partnership with Grundfos Pumps Philippines focused on increasing the productivity of farmers through the installation of solar-powered irrigation systems.

Grundos recently bagged the Poul Due Jensen Social Responsibility Award and granted ASSIST a 20,000 EUR donation to further the project’s activities, including the installation of a 4th solar-powered irrigation system in Bulacan Agricultural State College which will serve as a learning hub for farmers and agriculturists. Last December 16, a ceremonial turnover of the solar pump irrigation project was conducted and attended by farmer cooperatives from 12 barangays in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Aside from the project turnover and site visits, the project held its final training session online and was attended by more than 20 farmers. Trainers hope that the shift to digital training will ensure steady learning and skill development for the farmers despite the pandemic.

At present, the SOLution project has trained a total of 100 farmers and 25 agriculturists.

Featured on the Jan-Mar 2021 issue of ASSIST Now newsletter. Read the latest issue here