The Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) presented a workshop at the 14th SIAM, the solar pumping system as a lever for energy efficiency and sustainable development in the agricultural sector.
Organized by the AMEE in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this awareness-raising workshop aims to inform about the benefits and benefits of solar pumping, discuss operational constraints (technical, organizational financial) and their impact on the sustainable development of the solar pumping market and identify the expectations and priorities of regional and local stakeholders for the development of solar pumping projects.
On this occasion, AMEE’s General Manager, Said Mouline, highlighted the opportunities of energy saving in the agricultural sector to lower the energy bill, calling for more use of technologies by farmers to reduce the consumption of diesel and butane gas.
To this end, he recalled the introduction of a “Taqa pro pumping” label in partnership with the industry and the private sector, noting the importance of training installers, who perform the installation and maintenance tasks in the rural world.
He also highlighted the existence of financing solutions for farmers to equip themselves with solar pumps as well as awareness-raising actors, citing, in this respect, the departments of agriculture and energy, the banks and the private sector.
For her part, Amal Nadim, in charge of the environment portfolio within the UNDP, reiterated the commitment and the availability of the UN organization to work for a sustainable and inclusive development in Morocco, welcoming the work done, since 2017 in partnership with the AMEE, for the promotion of solar pumping at the national level for farmers.
Similarly, Mohamed Ouchkif, managing director of Tamwil El Fellah (a specialized subsidiary of Crédit Agricole du Maroc), said that solar pumping is an alternative for small farmers penalized by their energy burden and which, in addition, reinforces the competitiveness of the country in the sector through the control of production costs.
Tamwil El Fellah, a specialist in the financing of small farmers excluded from conventional bank financing, is the first to set up means and financing mechanisms dedicated to investing in this solution, which can be amortized over a medium term and become profitable, he explained.
This meeting was marked by the signing of an agreement between the AMEE and the National Agricultural Advisory Board (ONCA) on support for the development of solar pumping in the agricultural sector.