Media luna, Granma. – Result of the innovative ingenuity of a self-employed worker in alliance with productive entities of the provinces of Granma and Holguín, a Cuban prototype of an electric pump was created here to promote agricultural irrigation in small plots, as part of the local development program.
Conceived from the use of cast iron, this model of hydraulic pump of three kilowatts (kW) – baptized as Tauba rml – has 94% of components of national origin, and can “pull” water (suction capacity) from eight meters deep, and pump it (propulsion capacity) up to 30 feet high (just over nine meters).
Such characteristics allow it to cover up to five hectares under sprinkler or gravity irrigation, and to work with volumes of water under pressure or by flow, depending on the request.
Riuber Osorio Vargas, self-employed worker and main manager of the project, explained to Granma that the idea arose after recovering some 14 engines for the supply of water in agriculture, which have been in operation for more than a year in plantations in the municipalities of Granma Media Luna and Pilón, with impacts similar to those of imported electric pumps.
“That was the starting point to design, in a wooden model, an engine that would respect the standards certified in Cuba, and then propose an electric pump that could be manufactured in the country with a minimum of imported resources and a lower cost than the usual ones. that are acquired in the international market ”, he pointed out.
He said that in obtaining and assembling the electric pump the participation of the base business unit Motores Eléctricos Tauba, from Holguín, and the Manuel «Piti» Fajardo workshops from Manzanillo, and Agricultural Services, in Media Luna, was essential. , as well as the advice of the university headquarters and the local government of the last municipality.
“The Tauba rml is the fruit of this integration, and although it is already in the testing phase, our aspiration is to be able to register the brand and achieve large-scale production for use in other productive poles of the province and the country,” he said. Osorio Vargas.
This requires a productive chain that includes from access to inputs to assembly of the electric pumps, “because we have plenty of will to make them,” he added.
Likewise, the project leader commented that he is already working on the design of another 7.5 kW prototype to expand agricultural irrigation to a cavalry of land and also benefit livestock areas.