USIAD plans to co-fund the replacement of 11,000 water pumps by end this year
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USIAD plans to co-fund the replacement of 11,000 water pumps by end this year

Islamabad : Pakistan | Aug 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM PDT
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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is planning to co-fund the replacement of 11,000 water pumps by end of this year which will save an estimated 45 megawatts of electricity, say sources.According to sources familiar with the matter told Online that Tube Well Efficiency Improvement Programme is focused on improving pumping efficiency of tube wells in Pakistan. Funding for this activity is US$ 13.6 million. For replacement of water pumps with efficient models 40 per cent electricity consumption could be reduced and it will also help reduce farmer’s electricity bills by Rs 650 million annually.The sources said U.S. government, through USAID, was sponsoring replacement of several thousands of inefficient pumps that farmers use to extract irrigation water.However; the United States had refused to extend its $ 18.5 energy program to provide agriculture tube wells at subsidized rates to Balochistan province due to non payment of electricity bills by farmers.It is worth mentioning the program offers a 50% subsidy to farmers to replace their pump-sets. The project is closely associated with the DISCOs (power distributions), Farmer Groups, local trade associations, and 8 major Pakistani Pump Suppliers (Certified to ISO Standard 9906 for cold water pumps).

Saad Ahmed is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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