Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

SOLAR ENERGY IN AGRICULTURE

Stage of Idea conceptual stage

Explain your idea in details:

Most of the population in Botswana make a living by farming and most of the population own farms but the weather does not allow them to farm throughout the year because the rain is seasonal, So for the most part of the year the farms are not in use because the is no water. My idea is to have solar energy to power their farms by pumping the underground water and power their farming machines like drones, sprinklers etc. and by doing this their farms are fully utilized and the vast sunlight is fully utilized. This system will help the farmers to use their farms throughout the year not only during the rainy season and they can also sell the surplus energy from their solar power to earn an income. This idea will also help the many unemployed people in my country because the farming will be done throughout the whole year.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The target of this idea are the population in the rural part of Botswana where there is no connection of electricity and where there is a lot of unemployment , they are the most affected population, Upon implementation of the project we will measure the yield at the farms compared to previous years. I will l be also be measuring the growth by looking at the number of employment created .

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

Upon the implementation of this idea will start looking for investors in my country and international investors, I will also ask for funding from the government in my country since they highly support agriculture. The solar panels will be sourced in and out of the country .

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Your profile

My name is Mbongeni Maira I am 27 years old and i live in Botswana I studied for Bachelor of science (physics) at the university of Botswana I am a self motivated person who like to improve my life and the life of those who are around me hence I came up with this idea of solar energy in agriculture

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