Agrotech Plus, based in Nairobi, Kenya, sells the AgroSolar Irrigation Kit (ASIK), an entirely solar-powered drip irrigation system that makes it easier and cheaper for farmers to grow a wide variety of crops. The kit combines solar water pumping technology with high-efficiency drip irrigation and includes everything a farmer needs to grow more while spending less, in a sustainable and energy-efficient way. As a result of switching to solar irrigation, smallholder farmers will realize significant benefits. These benefits include increased production of higher value produce, cost savings, and more efficient use of time. Time saved on farming and water gathering can be directed to other more productive activities. In addition, Agrotech Plus’s system has environmental benefits–in the next year, current Agrotech Plus farmers will save 1.9 billion liters of water and generate over 64,000 kilowatt hours of power annually–all this while growing over 8.4 million kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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