Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) has launched two projects to expand the use of environment friendly solar-powered pumps for irrigation and to improve the living standard of rural people by ensuring production oriented and efficient use of electricity, reports BSS.
Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR), BREB and Bangladesh government will finance the projects titled ‘Power in Improving Living Standard of Rural People’ and ‘Solar Photovoltaic Pumping for Agricultural Irrigation’, said an official release Thursday, reports BSS.
The project ‘Power in Improving Living Standard of Rural People’ involving US$ 2 million, funded by JFPR, will be implemented at five Palli Bidyut Samitys in Gopalganj, Kishoreganj, Thakurgaon, Bhola and Sunamganj districts across the country on pilot basis, the release added. Under the project, opportunities will be created for 50 kinds of power based small businesses, 200 entrepreneurs will be given business related equipments and 2200 people will get different electricity related trainings. The other project ‘Solar Photovoltaic Pumping for Agricultural Irrigation’ involving Taka 407.20 crore will be implemented by setting up 2,000 solar-powered pumps at 10 Palli Bidyut Samitys in Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Bagura, Naogaon, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Cumilla and Feni districts.
Of the total fund, Taka 37.94 crore will come from the Bangladesh government, Taka 1.36 crore from the BREB’s won fund and Taka 367.62 crore (loan and grant) from ADB.