Patrick Padde, a farmer in the village of Kwapa which sits outside the town of Tororo close to the Ugandan and Kenyan border, is already using Azuri Growfast solar irrigation to increase yields and family income as a result.

GrowFast, a pay-as-you-go solar irrigation solution has been named the winner of the Uganda renewable energy fund launched by the UN CleanStart programme and Embassy of Sweden.

More than 200,000 people across Uganda are set to benefit from the energy fund and clean energy solutions including Azuri Technologies' GrowFast solar irrigation system.

The solution offers farmers an innovative and affordable pay-as-you-go solar irrigation bundle that includes a smartphone with GrowFast app, as well as crop insurance cover.

Conventional farming that relies only on rainfall for irrigation limits the number and type of crops that can be grown each year. The solar irrigation system is designed to improve productivity, income generation, and living standards of small-holder farmers by enabling farmers to keep their crops watered all year long.

With a customised pay-as-you-go plan, this platform allows farmers to pay for their solar out of the increased profits from additional harvests. Azuri GrowFast comes with insurance cover in the event of unexpected crop loss.

“Solar powered irrigation is helping increase harvests, improve farming practices and raising agriculture incomes which in turn boosts farming incomes and creates new jobs,” explains Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri Technologies.

“I am delighted that Azuri GrowFast has been named as a winner of the UN CleanStart fund and we look forward to supporting local farmers in Uganda to increase productivity and household income.”