Revolutionising Agriculture is new to making the best use of all the available resources
Farming is important and if we change the way we approach farmers we have the potential to transform the agricultural ecosystem for the better. If we looking at farmers as customers and not as beneficiaries of aid, we will achieve two very important things. Firstly, this mindset will force us to design products and services that farmers want and need. Not to create useless products developed an isolation of the communities they hope to serve but embraced by the development community. Secondly, this will enable us to create the business models that make sense and which embody the principles of Revolutionising Agriculture to promote a transition from subsistence farming to commercial farming. We need this to change if we ever hope to achieve poverty eradication in the underdeveloped and developing countries like Africa, Kenya, and Asia because the condition of farmers is still the worse without a proper technological advancement in farming.
Sun culture is just one example of the many ways and can be used as technological innovation to create cost-effective and relevant products that combat some of the problems farmers face. Earlier, farmers used to rely upon rain-fed agriculture to grow maize and potatoes. They don’t have irrigation systems which are so important that not only helps the yields to increase by two to five folds but also allows the farmers to high-value fresh fruits and vegetables.
Looking at Kenya with 5.4 million hectares of arable land of which 83% of the land is unsuitable for rain-fed agriculture thus requiring irrigation systems while only 4% of Kenya land is under irrigation. The sub-Saharan Africa region also has 25% of the world’s arable land yet it only produces 10% of global output that has 60% of the world’s uncultivated land and has the lowest yield of any global region. One reason is that less than 6 per cent of the farmland in sub-Saharan Africa is under irrigation compared to 33% in Asia and 20% in the rest of the world. With this little bit of land on irrigation, very cost inefficient and labour-intensive technologies are used like fuel pumps or electric pumps. With high fuel prices and the average cost of electricity is three times what it is in South Asia and two times what it is in the U.S. There needs to exists a more cost-effective way for farmers to irrigate in Africa.
The solution is Agro-Solar irrigation kit that combines the cost-effectiveness of solar-powered water pumping with the efficiency of drip irrigation. It pumps water to an elevated tank using the power of the Sun and then uses gravity to release water through drip irrigation delivering water directly to proper roots resulting in yield increases of up to 300% and water savings up to 80%. And this system has been designed specifically for irrigation removing most of the bells and whistles that large-scale solar home systems or solar water systems have, designing for the first time an affordable irrigation system that removes most recurring costs for farmers and helps farmers to grow more while spending less. In Kenya, this idea of solar irrigation is being used by many farmers now, making a high-value yield in monetary terms as well.