AgRover

MAPS (Mobile Agricultural Power Solutions), Purdue, ACREST (African Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies)

The AgRover is a three-wheeled farm truck that hauls goods and doubles as a power source for attachable tools. The truck provides power and transportation to small-holder farmers and agricultural businesses that would otherwise not be possible. Apart from transport, the AgRover also power attachments such as water pumps, maize grinders, generators, threshers and planters, and it can pull a plow. In areas where people carry water jugs and sacks of produce on their heads between farms, homes and markets, the AgRover provides hauling capacity that saves time and, ultimately, money.

Product description

The AgRover is a three-wheeled farm truck that hauls goods and doubles as a power source for attachable tools. The truck provides power and transportation to small-holder farmers and agricultural businesses that would otherwise not be possible. Apart from transport, the AgRover also power attachments such as water pumps, maize grinders, generators, threshers and planters, and it can pull a plow. In areas where people carry water jugs and sacks of produce on their heads between farms, homes and markets, the AgRover provides hauling capacity that saves time and, ultimately, money.

Target region(s)

Sub-saharan Africa, primarily Cameroon

Distributors/implementing organizations

MAPS, or Mobile Agricultural Power Solutions, is the primary distributor.

Market suggested retail price

This product is still being prototyped. Currently, the cost of build is roughly $2000.^(Interview with designer)

Competitive landscape

Alternatives include traditional tractors or plowing by hand or horse.

SDG targeted
Target user(s)

A typical end-user for the AgRover would be a farmer or a transportation service business. The direct buyer for the AgRover would be a farming co-op, large farm, business, or local government. Farmers (or dedicated rental businesses) can also rent out the vehicle’s services to other farmers to earn more money while boosting the productivity of other farms. A smallholder farmer with no way to irrigate his crops could rent a AgRover and pump attachment to boost his field’s yield. Additionally, smallholders could rent the AgRover to transport their harvest.

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