Solar Powered Irrigation: NaanDanJain Signs Largest Agreement Ever With Eritrea

NaanDanJain Irrigation Ltd, a Group Company of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, signed a contract with Ministry of Agriculture and National Development, Eritrea for supply and installation of solar powered drip irrigation systems for a total value of 18.7 million Euros. This is the largest agricultural development for small holders in Eritrea. This project was fully funded by the European Union. The project brings much needed relief to about 2000 farmers in 14 different locations spread over Eritrea, in 7 different clusters of lots. 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 systems, which makes the project sustainable for a long-term energy requirements to run the irrigation pumps/drip systems. The project will be executed in the next 18 months, so the farmers in the project area will benefit with higher farm incomes.

The project is the first of its kind – integrated drip irrigation project with solar pumping in Africa – and will be relevant for many other countries where the farms are not connected to grid electricity.

These community-based projects, being undertaken extensively in India and now in Africa, are opening up new vistas for the developing world. They are creating a seamless connection between macro and micro, infrastructure and agriculture, availability and productivity, cost and value.

In a signing ceremony presided on by officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of National Development, EU Delegation in Eritrea, and various other dignitaries, the contract was signed on the 8th of September 2016.

About NaanDanJain:

NaanDanJain Irrigation Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jain Irrigation and is headquartered in Israel. Established in 1938, NaanDanJain pioneered modern irrigation through its innovative drippers, sprinklers, micro sprinklers and fogging systems. Its wide range of products enables the company to provide optimum irrigation systems based on the crops, soils and other local factors. 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.

About Jain Irrigation:

Jain Irrigation Systems Limited  with its motto ‘Small Ideas, Big Revolutions,’ and more than 10,000 associates worldwide is an Indian multinational company with manufacturing plants in 30 locations across the globe. It manufactures micro irrigation systems, PVC pipes, HDPE pipes, plastic sheets, agro processed products, renewable energy solutions, tissue culture plants, financial services and other agricultural inputs. It has pioneered a silent productivity revolution with modern irrigation systems and innovative technologies in order to save precious water and has helped to get significant increases in crop yields, especially for millions of small farmers. It has also ushered in new concept of large scale integrated irrigation projects (IIP). ‘More Crop Per Drop’” is the company’s approach to water security and food security. All the products and services of JISL help create a sustainable future while fulfilling its vision of “Leave this world better than you found it.”


The information in this release has been included in good faith and is for general purposes only. It should not be relied upon for any specific purpose and no representation or warranty is given regarding its accuracy or completeness. No information in this press release shall constitute an invitation to invest in Jain Irrigation Systems Limited. Neither Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, nor their affiliates, officers, employees or agents shall be liable for any loss, damage or expense arising out of any action taken on the basis of this release, including, without limitation, any loss of profit, indirect, incidental or consequential loss.


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