Renewable energy technologies for agricultural processing generate sustainable livelihoods for farmers.
The solar powered energy efficient agri processing units include a variety of mills and equipment that are needed for value addition of agricultural goods. It is ideal for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) or similar bodies that aggregate, process and sell value added products that ultimately cut out the middlemen and drive more income into the hands of farmers. Such units need consistent power supply to meet their production targets. Solar is the answer in areas facing frequent power cuts and low quality power. SELCO Foundation is currently working with FPOs and similar groups on various pilots. The idea is to use the learnings from the pilots to develop holistic models for solar powered agri processing units including training, backward and forward linkages, long term financing, and technology improvements.