A farmer stands in front of solar panels connected to a generator which feeds a pump extracting underground water.
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In the arid mountains of eastern Morocco, people know the value of water all too well.The group is working to reverse an exodus from the mountains as people seek easier lives elsewhere.Bachiri says local problems feed into each other; isolation makes life difficult, which encourages people to quit the countryside. And in the background, there is the constant shortage of water.Algerian authorities have cracked down on the illicit trade since 2013, leading to a tripling in prices – from 10 euros ($11) for a 30-liter can to 30 euros.With the help of local funds and international donors, Bachiri's group has installed two solar water pumps in the mountains of Tafoughalt. Two rows of black solar panels, two meters across and 10 meters long, are connected to a generator which feeds a pump extracting water from underground.The price of an hour's irrigation has gone down by 75 percent, from 50 dirhams ($5) to 12.5 dirhams.Solar energy alone won't be enough to solve Tafoughalt's perennial water shortage."That's why we've installed tanks to collect river water, and we're also working on installing technology to make the use of water more efficient," Bachiri says.But he said 450 farmers were already using the two solar pumps to water 100 hectares of crops.
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