SunCulture’s RainMaker solar water pump system was introduced today by SunCulture. This transformative internet connected system is designed to help smallholder farmers in underserved communities improve agricultural productivity and profitability. The RainMaker provides a long- lasting, low cost solution in low rainfall. RainMaker’s high-efficiency positive displacement pump can lift 7,000 liters of water per…
“A drip system is perhaps the best way to manage your watering,” said Migwi, a 38-year-old farmer-turned-entrepreneur. “And when it’s solar-powered, it’s even better.”
That’s why she invested her savings in an irrigation kit from SunCulture, a Kenya-based startup, to help convert her quarter-acre kitchen garden in Gitaru, northwest of Nairobi, into a 4-acre (1.6 hectare) farm.
News that the rains may fail this planting season have made farmers restless. Majority of farmers have crossed their fingers hoping that the sky would open and the rains would pour in torrents for their crops to grow.
However, as a good number of farmers across the country pray for the rains, Peter Kimani, 45, is not worried about crop failure.
Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim
SunCulture Kenya Ltd
SunCulture, which designs and sells solar-powered irrigation systems, has eliminated the need for expensive grid electricity, making it cheaper and easier for farmers in Kenya to grow high-value fresh fruits and vegetables.
Samir Ibrahim, the SunCulture CEO, studied finance and international business at the New York University Stern School of Business.
SunCulture founders Samir Ibrahim and Charles Nichols interviewed on CNBC’s The Closing Bell
The lack of efficient irrigation systems has been blamed for hampering food security in Africa. A little known startup in Kenya is however daring to change the fortunes of farmers in Africa.
Unreliable weather patterns had seen Peter Kimani record poor returns in his farm for years on end. But not any more. Mr Kimani, a vegetable farmer in Ngecha, Limuru, is now reaping big thanks to new technology.
As the demand for high quality crops continue to grow and stringent measures imposed upon food products across the globe, more and more companies are coming up with innovative ways to help farmers cope with these demands. One such company is SunCulture which is the only service provider of its kind in Kenya helping farmers mint money from tapping the sun to generate enough energy to irrigate up to 40 acres of land in the most affordable way.