Improving Livelihoods of Rural Communities through the Establishment of Solar-based Lift Irrigation Scheme

The project is implemented at Pali Village, Ward # 3, Dullu Municipality of Dailekh district in Karnali Province and is 6 km away from the local Dullu Bazar with no access to national electricity grid line. The soil in this area is productive but water for irrigation is the main limiting factor to improve local food production. The proposed solar-based lift irrigation scheme is designed to pump and discharge 50,000 liters of water per day at the vertical head of 450 m that requires two submergible pumps each with 17.5 HP capacity. For supplying the required power, the irrigation scheme will use 84 solar panels each with 410 W capacity. Considering the vertical head, the scheme is designed in a way to construct two water collection tanks each with 20,000 liters and 30,000 liters capacity for water storage and distribution. The feasibility study of the scheme has been carried out and the Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been prepared. DPR shows that the scheme will irrigate approximately 30 hectares of land year-round benefitting over 245 households, of which, 90 households are Dalits and ethnic minorities. The project will also introduce other relevant CSA technologies and practices and build the capacity of target communities to boost food production and income.

Project Details




Karnali Province

Working district



Dullu Municipality


17 June 2022 - 30 February 2023



Funded by

EKOenergy ecolabel – Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

Household coverage

245 Households

Contact Person

Buddha BK

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