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[Ambassador report] (Thematic Report) Renewable Energy In Sustainable Agriculture

by Kushal Naharki | 13-10-2019 18:45 Comments 14 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Renewable Energy is “energy derived from natural processes (e.g. sunlight and wind) that are replenished at a faster rate than they are consumed. Solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and some forms of biomass are common sources of renewable energy." 

Energy in agriculture is important in terms of crop production and agro-processing for adding value. Human, animal and mechanical energy is extensively used for crop production in agriculture. Most farm machines are driven by fossil fuels, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and, in turn, accelerate climate change. Such environmental damage can be mitigated by the promotion of renewable resources such as solar, wind, biomass, tidal, geo-thermal, small-scale hydro, biofuels and wave-generated power. These renewable resources have a huge potential for the agriculture industry.

The concept of sustainable agriculture lies on a delicate balance of maximizing crop productivity and maintaining economic stability, while minimizing the utilization of finite natural resources and detrimental environmental impacts. Sustainable agriculture also depends on replenishing the soil while minimizing the use of non-renewable resources, such as natural gas, which is used in converting atmospheric nitrogen into synthetic fertilizer, and mineral ores, e.g. phosphate or fossil fuel used in diesel generators for water pumping for irrigation.

There is a need for promoting use of renewable energy systems for sustainable agriculture, e.g. solar photovoltaic water pumps and electricity, greenhouse technologies, solar dryers for post-harvest processing, and solar hot water heaters. Renewable energy technologies are ones that consume primary energy resources that are not subject to depletion. Examples of renewable technologies include solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy and biomass.  It is an accepted fact that renewable energy is a sustainable form of energy, which has attracted more attention during recent years. A great amount of renewable energy potential and environmental interest, as well as economic consideration of fossil fuel consumption and high emphasis on sustainable development for the future will be needed.

The various sources of energy, e.g. solar, wind, hydraulic, biomass, organic wastes, biofuels, and combined heat and power provide a simple, sustainable, effective solution for the conservation of valuable non-renewable fossil resources without resulting in environmental pollution. Solar energy can be utilized in its varied forms, e.g. solar PV, direct solar thermal, and renewable fuels and wind can offer the solution to the world’s energy problems and ultimately make the environment sustainable for future generations by reducing environmental pollution from fossil fuel energy usage.

A high level of integration of RE into an agricultural process can lead to high efficiencies, low environmental impact and low production costs. Use of renewable energy in rural remote areas of many developing countries could help farmers to increase agricultural productivity as well as to earn more money by value addition to their produces (e.g. controlled drying of fruits and vegetables, cheese production from milk, off-seasonal production of fruits and vegetables with irrigation, etc.)

Reference: Chel, Kaushik. Renewable energy for sustainable agriculture. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, Springer Verlag/EDP Sciences/INRA, 2011, 31 (1), pp.91-118. ff10.1051/agro/2010029ff. ffhal00930477f


 Renewable Energy In Sustainable Agriculture

14 Comments

Kushal Naharki

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hi Kushal

    Since agriculture is one of the primary industries in many countries, the combination of renewable energy with agriculture will bring huge benefits to the environment.

    I think the advantages of using renewable energy should be broadly advertised to rural areas, since most of them are not technology-friendly. Also in the long term the use of renewable energy will cause economic stability in rural areas as you mentioned.

    Thank you for the great report!
    Posted 21-10-2019 11:18

Kushal Naharki

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Kushal,
    it's your mentor Lisa!

    I think it's really nice how you chose a very specific topic regarding renewable energy.
    Sustainable agriculture is indeed what we want to promote in the framework of a sustainable future!
    And as far as I know, I heard that the increased productivity and efficiency of agricultural production using renewable energy can also provide a solution for the worldwide hunger problem! I think the SDGs are often very amazing in that they could create some awesome synergistic effect when pursued together and also, they are the goal and mean to achieve other SDGs at the same time!

    Oh and I really would like to say that you did a great job of leaving the sources of your information! It's always important to credit the author or the writer so that we don't make the mistake of plagiarism!

    Thanks for the great article and keep up the green work:)
    Posted 16-10-2019 13:50

Kushal Naharki

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hello Kushal dai,
    Greeting
    This is really a great report you had presented on renewable energy,
    It does't only increases the productivity but also maintain the stability,
    So it should be given more priority for its use,
    Looking forward to read much more from you,
    Yours,
    Sandhya Adhikari
    Posted 15-10-2019 11:25

Kushal Naharki

sagar koirala

  • sagar koirala says :
    Hello Kushal,
    Green Cheers !

    Very Well written and researched report. Renewable Energy are very important for conserving nature and promoting Sustainable Agriculture.
    Posted 14-10-2019 15:08

Kushal Naharki

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello kushal dai
    I hope you are well.

    Renewable sources of energy has To be promoted.

    Thank you so much for this report.
    Keep writing

    Green cheers

    Yours
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 14-10-2019 11:44

Kushal Naharki

Prashamsa Bhusal

  • Prashamsa Bhusal says :
    Hello Kushal dai,
    Great report on this topic.Renewable resources consumption should be encouraged.
    Thank you
    Green Cheers
    Posted 14-10-2019 00:57

Kushal Naharki

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Kushal Dai!!!
    I hope you are fine and doing great.
    When we use renewable sources of energy , we can attain sustainable agriculture.
    It doesn't only increase productivity but also the maintain economic stability.

    Use of renewable resources should be encouraged.
    Keep writing and shining.
    Hope to know more from you.

    Warm regards,
    Meena Pandey
    Posted 14-10-2019 00:35

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