SunCulture Launches Solar-powered Water Pump in Kenya

Published Oct. 2, 2017

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Africa’s technology firm, SunCulture, on Monday launched a solar-powered water pump in Kenya designed to offer smallholder farmers low cost solution to unreliable rainfall and lack of access to grid electricity.

SunCulture said the RainMaker, an innovative internet-connected solar water pump system, targets mass market of underserved smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The firm’s CEO Samir Ibrahim said most small holder farmers in Africa were only one bad harvesting season away from financial ruin.

“Solar-powered irrigation offers farmers an affordable alternative to the cost of diesel and electric irrigation technology, enabling them to substantially reduce energy costs and boost agricultural output,” Ibrahim said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

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