By Devika Nithin,
NaanDanJain Irrigation Ltd., a producer and provider of tailor-made irrigation solutions company, said it entered into an agreement worth 18.7 million Euros with Ministry of Agriculture and National Development, Eritrea, for the supply and installation of solar-powered drip irrigation systems.
NaanDanJain irrigation Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jain irrigation and is head quartered in Israel.
The project, fully funded by European Union, is the largest agricultural development for small agricultural holders in Eritrea.
It will bring relief to about 2000 farmers in 14 different locations spread over Eritrea. In each of the 14 project locations, water from reservoirs will be supplied to groups of farmers through the drip irrigation systems.
The water from the reservoirs will be conveyed through underground pipeline into the drip systems using solar photovoltaic system, which makes the project sustainable for a long term energy requirements to run the drip systems.
The project will be executed in next 18 months.
“The project is the first of its kind drip irrigation project with solar pumping in Africa and will be relevant for many other countries where the farms are not connected with Grid electricity,” said the company.
The company, formed in 1938, contributes to modern irrigation through its innovative drippers, sprinklers, micro sprinklers and fogging Systems.
“With its 10 subsidiary Companies located in Spain, France, Italy, Romania, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile and Australia, it serves farmers in more than 100 countries,” the company said.
Jain irrigation Systems Limited (JISL) is an Indian company which manufactures Micro Irrigation Systems, PVC Pipes, HDPE Pipes, etc. It has 10,000 associates with 30 manufacturing units worldwide and a revenue of over 60 billion rupees, company said.