Ibrahim Mohammed Aboki
Basmalah Enterprises has developed an innovative solar water pump that saves smallholder farmers 35% on their total irrigating costs. Half of working Nigerians are smallholder farmers, who generate 98% of the nation's food. But most of these farmers rely on renting petrol-consuming water pumps to irrigate their crops. The high fuel costs result in a significant reduction in farmers' earnings. Fluctuating petroleum prices deeply impact farmers' livelihoods and make it difficult for them to plan ahead and make investments in increasing their productivity. Basmalah has developed a solar water pump and irrigation service that saves smallholder farmers 35% on their total irrigating costs. By replacing petrol-consuming pumps with solar powered units, smallholder farmers increase their profits and are no longer affected by the instability of petroleum prices. With the ability to plan ahead, they can use their earnings to make investments into increasing their overall productivity.