Windpumps for rural India

Roy, Robin (1982). Windpumps for rural India. ATG paper 11; Alternative Technology Group, The Open University.



This paper assesses - using technical, operational and socio-economic criteria the potential for the adoption of windpumps in the rural areas of a developing country, namely India. It concludes that, although windpump designs are being developed which are technically suitable for minor irrigation of field crops in the windier and less arid regions of India, their cost is still prohibitively high for the typical peasant farmer with a 1 - 2 ha landholding. Simple, low cost windpumps might however be appropriately adopted for community water supply, watering of cattle, providing water for biogas plants or village industries, etc., if constructed using local skills and resources as part of a rural development scheme.

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