We invite you to check out the article by Aksulu Kushanova (Energy Investment Specialist, CAREC), which reflects the implementation progress of the “Nexus Dialogue in Central Asia” demonstration project in Tajikistan that supports the improvement of the control and monitoring of electricity consumption by pumping stations and the introduction of energy-saving technologies at the Golodnostep pumping station in the Sughd region.
Context: More than half of the irrigated lands of Tajikistan requires machine irrigation due to the mountainous terrain of the country. In this regard, the agricultural sector uses 90% of water resources and 10% of the country's total electricity consumption for pumping stations. Irrigated land produces about 80% of agricultural products, while agriculture creates jobs for 70% of the population and accounts for 20% of the country's GDP. But the pumping stations built in the 50-70s of the last century have undergone considerable wear and tear, the infrastructure lacks energy-saving equipment, which makes it difficult to calculate the electricity consumption. The low solvency of the population and high subsidization of the sector make the irrigation sector unprofitable.
The second phase (2020-2023) of the European Union project "Central Asian Dialogue to Promote Sectoral Financing through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus" is a continuation of the first phase (2016-2019) and is being implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC). The project is part of the global Nexus Dialogue Programme, which is supported by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in five regions.