Many smallholder farmers across Kenya and Africa as whole face many challenges including: unreliable rainfall, low crop yields, high energy costs, lack of access to modern farming technology and insufficient access to capital.
An unpredictable rainfall pattern has led farmers to incur huge losses in their crops and livestock production life. But with the new SunCulture AgroSolar irrigation system it will be easier and cheaper for farmers to grow high quality crops and increase their yields by more than three hundred per cent (300%) while saving water.
Unreliable rainfall means farmers are limited to two production seasons per year but with irrigation farmers are able to ensure maximum production all year round.
With the new SunCulture AgroSolar irrigation system it will be easier and cheaper for farmers to grow high quality crops and increase their yields by more than (300%) while saving water. (PIC: SunCulture)
Benson Maina, a sales associate at SunCulure says farmers can save up to KES 20,000 or more monthly on fuel costs by using the included solar pump instead of a petrol or electric water pump in addition to earning up to KES 1,000,000 per acre, per season by growing capsicum, tomatoes, onions, and cabbages for the market.
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“When a farmer inquires about this kit, we first send an agronomist to their farm to ascertain the specific materials required, the officer does their research and advices the farmer on the best farming practices including the best soil fertilizer to be applied” says Benson.
The kit reduces labor costs due to the simplicity of the drip system to operate. It also reduces fertilizer waste by adding fertilizer directly to your water tank to apply it consistently throughout the drip system.
When irrigation takes place during the evening, a valve on the water tank is opened and water flows down through a filtration system and onto crop root zones via high quality irrigation tape.
SunCulture has solar pumps available to provide water for various farm sizes ranging from an eighth of an acre starting from KES 39,000.
“My yield is now four times what it was before – I have too much to sell, which is a good problem to have! I never had that before. Plus, now I can employ people to work for me and take on contracts for continued supply to major companies. I sell lettuce to fast food outlets in Nairobi, giving them produce on a daily basis – I could never do that before! If you are eating a Caesar salad in a restaurant, that came from my farm” says Robert Bunyi, one of the successful farmers who uses SunCulture technology.