AgroSolar irrigation system
AgroSolar is an irrigation system product made for smallholder farmers.
AgroSolar is an irrigation system for smallholder farmers that uses solar power to pump up to 2500 L of water from a source up to 70 m deep and irrigate using an add-on drip irrigation system. Excess energy from the solar panel can be used to power lights, phones, or televisions. This product has been discontinued and was replaced by SunCulture’s RainMaker 2 in 2019.
The kit is sold in farmland regions in Kenya, Africa. The company has plans to expand operations to Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
241.01 – 2401.16 USD
Goal 2: Zero hunger
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.
The product was made-to-order according to farm size and layout.
Users can purchase the product directly from SunCulture.
SunCulture has sold over 450 AgroSolar Irrigation kits since 2012 field trials.
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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 system 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 manufacturer can provide installation and training for an additional cost, as well as technical support.
The product was designed to allow farmers to 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|
The SunCulture Drip Irrigation Kit was a drip irrigation add-on for this product available for purchase from SunCulture. By visiting the farm, irrigation engineers can provide a survey and soil report, with an additional cost ranging from 24.20 to 43.56 USD. Installation and training are also available at additional cost.
Merrey, D. J. and Langan, S., 2014, Review Paper on ‘Garden Kits’ in Africa: Lessons Learned and the Potential of Improved Water Management, IWMI Working Paper No. 162.
Michaelowa, A., Köhler, M., Friedmann, V., Tkacik, J., and Dransfeld, B., 2016, IMPAQT Case Study.
Field trials were conducted in 2012.
Youtube video of Agrosolar Irrigation System
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