Solar powered irrigation systems for climate-smart farming
Solar powered irrigation systems for climate-smart farming
Agriculture has been the chief source of income and main occupation for around 3,000 residents of Katnajur and Nor Lernantsk communities of Lori region. Previously, these two communities used water from the same irrigation network which was delivered by Chichkhan river passing through Katnajur. The main irrigation pipeline was made of concrete pipes and is currently not used.
As a result of the devastating earthquake of 1988, when nearly 80% of the residential area has been destroyed, the drinking water and irrigation systems have collapsed, putting them out of operation. This resulted in very serious socio-economic consequences, as most of the community arable lands remained uncultivated: around 360 ha in Katnajur and 140 ha in Nor Lernantsk.

The main goal of the project is to introduce climate-smart agroecological practices in Nor Lernantsk and Katnajur communities to mitigate land degradation, increase productivity and strengthen farmers' resilience. The project will promote sustainable use of land and water resources in the project communities, rational use of spring and underground waters for irrigation as well as building a pump station equipped with an on-grid PV modules and rehabilitation of the existing irrigation system.
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 78,580.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 32,520.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
In order to promote public awareness, leaflets on project activities and results will be distributed among population and decision-makers, as well as articles on the project achievements, in particular socio-economic effects of the climate-smart technological solution and farming approaches, will be published in and highlights through the regional media.
Replication of project activities
Innovative approaches of the project will ensure the improvement of livelihood of the local population and can be replicated in other communities with identical problems, such as high energy cost for irrigation.
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Hectares of degraded land rest 500
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 470

Grantee Contact

Ms. Marine Tadevosyan
Phone: +374 55 80 52 57


330 S. Avetisyan St.
Spitak , Lori ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
+374 60 530000+116
(+374 10) 543811
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
+374 60 530000+117


14 Adamyan St.
Yerevan, 0010

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