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 day and can pump from wells up to 100 meters deep (328 feet). This offers a substantial amount of value in comparison to higher priced systems that can lift water from only 10 meters in depth. Using energy from the portable 120-watt solar panel and battery bank, the RainMaker can pump enough water to irrigate a one-acre farm, support livestock and fulfil household water needs like drinking, cooking and cleaning.

 

“Most smallholder farmers in Africa are only one bad harvesting season away from financial ruin,” says Samir Ibrahim, CEO and co-founder of SunCulture. “Solar-powered irrigation offers farmers an affordable alternative to the high cost of diesel and electric irrigation technology, enabling farmers to substantially reduce energy costs and boost agricultural output.”

 

Four out of five African families depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, but only four percent utilize irrigation with the rest relying on increasingly unreliable rainfall. Switching to irrigated agriculture increases yields by up to 90 percent when compared to nearby rain-fed farms (World Economic Forum, 2015), but high diesel costs make irrigation an unaffordable expense for many smallholder farmers. With 620 million Africans lacking a connection to the electricity grid, electric water pumps are also not a viable option.

 

Rainmaker is both low-maintenance and highly efficient, enabling farmers to grow high value fruits and vegetables while dramatically boosting profitability. Using RainMaker can help boost a farmer’s income to 1.2 million Kenyan Shillings ($11,538) annually compared to less than 300,000 Kenyan Shillings ($2,884) relying on rainfall.

 

SunCulture’s cutting-edge Climate Smart pump controller automatically optimizes pump performance and battery charging based on cloud cover―extending pumping by up to 6 hours on cloudy days. The controller includes long range, low power LoRa connectivity and is compatible with wireless soil and weather sensors that enable farmers to irrigate automatically based on soil moisture and climate conditions.

RainMaker is available in Kenya for 50,000 Kenyan Shillings ($480) including solar pump, controller, battery bank, portable solar panel and sprinkler. Delivery, installation, agronomy support and after- sales services are included in the price. RainMaker will soon be available on SunCulture’s pay-as- you-grow platform that will enable convenient installment payments via mobile phone.

 

For more information on RainMaker and other SunCulture products, contact SunCulture at +254 (0) 700 327 002, or email us at: sales@sunculture.com.

Samir Ibrahim, SunCulture cofounder and CEO, is available for interviews. He can provide deeper insight into the huge potential, productivity and profitability advantages of the RainMaker within Africa’s agricultural sector.