Climate Smart Agriculture


Community owned solar irrigation systems

SFI has worked on creating a unique business model for community-owned and managed solar irrigation sites with farmers coming together in ‘water-groups’, making a contribution of up to 40% of the investment. Associating with local partners, multiple irrigation projects across Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Jharkhand have been taken up. Across these regions, approximately 400 farmers have benefited from multiple types of irrigation facilities: lift and drip irrigation, solar energy irrigation, and sprinkler irrigation. Farmers who could not cultivate their land in Rabi are now growing high-value crops and are thus increasing their income.

Comparative analysis of vegetable production in Chandrapur

 January to June 2017January to June 2018 
# of farmers producing vegetables623
Net area for vegetables production (in acre)2.410.65
Average operational cost per acreINR 12,509 (USD 181)INR 7,859 (USD 113)
Productivity of vegetables per acre4.58 MT8.45 MT
Net income per acreINR 22,633 (USD 328)INR 36,204 (USD 524)
Net income per farmerINR 9,053 (USD 131)INR 16,764 (USD 243)

Members of Shree Krushna Bachat Gat

Members of Ambica Shetkari Bachat Gat

Members of the Panch Bandhu Samiti Group