Bangladesh has 1.6 million pumps, of which approximately 21% are electric-powered and the remainder diesel-powered.

Boro rice is central for achieving food security in Bangladesh and almost entirely irrigated using diesel pumps. Bangladesh spends approximately USD 2.6 billion per year on imported diesel. The country pledges to make a 20% reduction of GHG emissions by 2030. Renewable Energy Policy of Bangladesh, 2008 has set a target to obtain least 10% of its power needs through renewable sources by 2020.

Currently, Bangladesh has installed 573 MW of renewable energy, of which 339 MW is solar, and 28 MW comes from 1,337 solar irrigation pumps. Majority of the solar pumps are installed by IDCOL and the rest through a variety of sources, such as the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation, Bangladesh Rural Electricity Board (BREB), and the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA)

IDCOL – our partner in SoLAR project, is the main financer and implementer of SIP programs in Bangladesh. Solar pumps installed through IDCOL are mostly in the northwest region of Bangladesh. These areas are also areas with less flooding, low arsenic levels, high boro cultivation, and a high density of diesel pumps.


IDCOL-installed solar pumps across Bangladesh




Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) organizes training on water management practices for farmers

IDCOL in partnership with Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Bangladesh organised a one‐day training workshop for farmers.

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The first Bangladesh Country Level Project Management Committee (C-PMC) meeting organized– a step towards developing a coordinated approach for promoting solar irrigation pumps in the country

IWMI and Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) organized the first Bangladesh C-PMC meeting on the 20th October 2020.

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IWMI signs contract with Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL)

Expanding on International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) mission to provide sustainable and climate-friendly water solutions.

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Field visits to map SIPs command area in Bangladesh.

IWMI, in partnership with the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), is assessing the impact of SIP on farmers’..

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Household Survey Conducted in Bangladesh.

Between August-September 2021, a household survey covering 900 farmers across 60 villages in the Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Bogura districts of North Bengal was conducted by our partner NGO Forum.

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Contact information

Archisman Mitra (Country Lead-Bangladesh), Researcher- Water Resources Economics, IWMI-New Delhi.
Email: [email protected]

Kazi Ahsan Uddin, Manager, IDCOL
Email: [email protected]

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