Farmers in the Midlands Province have been urged to embrace the off grid solar system which is designed for the power needs of medium to large scale farms.
With the country currently experiencing power shortages, a local engineer Mr Tamuka Moyo, who has substituted electricity with an off grid solar powered system, said it is high time local farmers embrace the system in view of the power outages.
Mr Moyo said wheat farmers, in particular, should embrace the system as failure to do so will see them count their losses come end of season.
“We are aware most farmers are having problems with electricity. Looking at the available solar energy, it is viable for them to embrace the off grid system, a method we are using to water our 6-hectare farm,” said Mr Moyo.
The system which uses solar panels with a 16 kilowatt output is manufactured from India and converts solar energy to direct current, which can also be used for domestic purposes.
A farm manager, Mr Emmanuel Simango said the system is effective, urging wheat farmers to embrace it to enhance their yields.
“We are using the off grid system without any problems,” he said.
The system is used to power a three horse power pump and can be used by poultry farmers owning incubators.
During his country wide tour of farms, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri revealed that the government has engaged the Ministry of Energy and Power Development to exempt wheat farmers from the current load-shedding.