Updated on January 17, 2024


Created on June 19, 2016

Agriworks Mobile Irrigation Systems

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Agriworks Mobile Irrigation Systems (AMIS) is a mobile irrigation system for smallholder farmers.

Developed By
  1. Agriworks
Tested By
  • Global Good
  • MIT D-Lab
  • UC Davis D-Lab
Content Partners


Product Description

Agriworks Mobile Irrigation Systems (AMIS) are mobile, modular systems capable of irrigating 1 – 6 acres of land. The system can be shared by more than one farmer, and customers can spread the cost while still being able to irrigate commercial-sized plots. Two base systems and three different AMIS attachments are offered to meet specific smallholder needs. There are three basic systems: AMIS-Foundation, AMIS-extra and AMIS-50. Each system can be combined with either of these three components: the AMIS-MVUA KALI (rain gun), AMIS-DRIP (drip irrigation kit), and AMIS-IMPACT (sprinklers). The systems are designed to ride on the back of a motorcycle or cart and can deliver water up to 200 meters+ from a water source.

Target SDGs

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Agriworks Uganda

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

Agriworks Uganda manufactures these systems on a per-order basis.

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

Users can contact the manufacturer to rent water pumps or purchase parts for the Mobile Irrigation System.

Distributions to Date Status


Pump type

Gasoline centrifugal pump

Irrigation capacity (acre)

1-6 acres

Maximum flow rate (L/min)

931 L/min

Maximum lift/head (m)

7.9 m

Required pressure (MPa)

0.18 MPa

Maximum distance from water source (m)

27.4 m

Power source


Power requirement: Max power (W)

3504 W

Power requirement: Max motor current (A)


Power requirement: Voltage range (V)


Design Specifications

The AMIS-Foundation is a frame mounted to a motorcycle which contains a gasoline pump, 160 meters of pipe, pipe fittings, sprinkler heads, a tripod, and a toolbox. Other attachments include a rain gun sprinkler, impact sprinklers, and a drip kit. The rain gun sprikler uses a booster pump and can irrigate up to six acres. The impact sprinklers use rapid-connect pipes and four low-pressure sprinklers to irrigate up to four acres. The drip kit can be installed into a 1/8 acre to one acre field.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components

All components of the system can be purchased separately.



Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The manufacturer specifies that their system can increase the acreage a farmer can irrigate while costing less than traditional irrigation systems. The manufacturer also specifies that their system is customizable and easy to use.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by the manufacturer found that their system doubled farmers' irrigated area, increased the value of their yearly production three-fold, and had twice as many harvesting weeks, however, no third-party testing has been completed.


Users should exercise vehicle safety precautions if using the system in conjunction with a motorcycle.

Complementary Technical Systems

The additional components include the AMIS Mvua-Kali, the AMIS Impact, and AMIS Drip. The AMIS Mvua-Kali is a rain gun attachment for up to 6 acres. AMIS Impact is a smaller sprinkler for uneven and odd shaped plots. Lastly, the AMIS Drip is a drip irrigation set for highly efficient irrigation.

Academic Research and References

Compliance with regulations


Other Information

Youtube video of Mobile irrigation system Agriworks Uganda - A new class of irrigation for African farmers - presentation The system can be purchased piecemeal. Running costs are less than 800 USD per hectare. Product manufacturer

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