AgroSolar irrigation system
AgroSolar is an irrigation system product made for smallholder farmers.
AgroSolar is an irrigation system for smallholder farmers which aims to improve crop yield and quality. It is integrated by a solar pump which fills a raised water storage tank with water from the selected source, a filtration system, and drip irrigation tape that delivers water to crop root zones.
The kit is sold in farmland regions in Kenya, Africa. The company has plans to expand operations to Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
The minimum price of 241.01 united state dollars (USD) has been converted from Kenyan Shillings (KES) [05/26/2017] and refers to a drip irrigation kit for 1/8 of an acre. There are also kits available for 1/4 acre (337.89 USD), 1/2 acre (531.52) and 1 acre (861.66 USD). These prices may vary depending on farm layout and design. The maximum price of 2,401.16 USD includes a solar pump with a capacity of 12,500 L of water per day. There are also availabe kits for mist irrigation starting from 183.01 USD. Financing available at Equity Bank, a financial services provider throughout Kenya.
The kit is for smallholder farmers in Africa, Kenya specifically. This system is intended for small farms ranging from 1/8 to 1 acre. Although it can be used on any crop, it is recommended for beans, kale, cabbage, carrots, green capsicum, tomato, onion, and red capsicum. Manufacturer suggests that farmers need little or no training to use the system; installation and further technical support is offered by manufacturer, Sunculture.
Made to order according to farm size and layout.
Sunculture technicians are responsible for selling the system, and installing it (for an additional price) or the user can assemble it themselves.
Sunculture has sold 450 AgroSolar Irrigation kits since 2012 field trials.
The complete kit has solar panels that power a submersible direct current (DC) solar pump which fills a water tank. A control valve allows farmers to use the stored water, which passes through a filter and is delivered to the crop root zones via drip irrigation tape. The kit includes PVC ( polyvinyl chloride) layflat pipes and all required connectors, fittings and valves for the irrigation systema and the solar panels, 12 foot security stand for solar panels, electrical cable and HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) pipe for the solar pump system.
The kit has a DC pump that can be submerged into a well to fill out a tank, then water can be delivered to the crops through the drip tape. This system can be adapted to fit a variety of water sources, pumping water from source to the system.
The manufacturer can provide installation and training for an additional cost, as well as technical support.
The irrigation kit is sold separately from the solar pump system. As far as E4C is aware, additional replacement components are not available for purchase.
The irrigation system has a 2 year warranty and the solar pump has a 1 year warranty.
Grow higher quality crops and increase yields by 300% or more. Note that prices on the image are in KES.
|Produce||Yield Per Acre (KGs)||Maturity||Price Per KG (WholeSale)||Revenue Per Season|
|Green Capsicum||10,000||90 days||60||6,00,000|
|Red Capsicum||10,000||90 days||80||8,00,000|
- Douglas J. Merrey and Simon Langan, 2014, Review Paper on ‘Garden Kits’ in Africa: Lessons Learned and the Potential of Improved Water Management
- Axel Michaelowa, Michel Köhler. Valentin Friedmann, John Tkacik, Björn Dransfeld, 2016, IMPAQT Case Study
Field trials were conducted in 2012
Youtube video of Agrosolar Irrigation System
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