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HAPPENING NOW: Nexus Green solar-powered irrigation project launches today

Nexus Green Limited is today, Friday, October 8, 2021, launching the first solar-powered irrigation and water system in Mpumu- Ntanzi Parish, Ntenjeru sub-country in Mukono district.

Nexus Green is bringing new solar-powered irrigation technology to farmers who hope to boost production and reduce carbon emissions by replacing their old systems that are run with polluting fuel pumps.

The tech firm is a company that specializes in designing, supplying, manufacturing, and delivering affordable solar-powered solutions that reduce carbon emissions.

The state minister for environment Beatrice Anwar, British High Commissioner to Uganda H.E. Kate Airey, and Nexus Green Chief Executive Rikki Verma are presiding over the launch.

The government through the ministry of water and environment contracted Nexus Green to design, supply, and install 687 sites across the country utilizing financing from the UK Export Finance.

Each of the planned sites will comprise of a water source, transmission pipeline, pumping to storage tanks with solar energy, distribution networks and for irrigation systems, and on-farm irrigation system network

Speaking shortly after arriving at the venue, State Minister for Environment Beatrice Anwar pledged government support to Nexus Green.

“We will support Nexus Green but also closely monitor. We want to add value to agriculture in a more sustainable way. As we move, we hope to have transfer of techonoly,” Minister Anwar said.

Rikki Verma the CEO Nexus Green Ltd said the company wants to bring down the cost of energy and improve connectivity of Ugandans.

The Mpumu project in Mukono will be able to evacuate water from the existing borehole to a reservoir, from where the water flows by gravity to the command area and designated domestic water supply point.

In the National Development Plan III, the government said it making efforts to limit rain-fed agriculture by extensively pursuing construction of mini-micro irrigation schemes and multi-purpose surface storage facilities for the period 2020/21 – 2024/25.

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