Jain Irrigation enters Africa

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 30 2011, 07:10am hrs
Drip irrigation major Jain Irrigation Systems (JIS), after rapidly expanding its operations in the India during last few years would now start its operation in Africa by helping farmers in Rwanda in providing irrigation solutions.

JIL, also the worlds second largest drip irrigation company, would work with many African countries for providing irrigation solution to farmers. A company team headed by director, Marketing, Atul Jain, met Rwanda Prime Minister Bernard Makuze last week.

We will work closely with Rwanda government for the development of agriculture by providing them solution of water management and will introduce adapted technology at local needs and proceed to knowledge transfer to Rwandan experts by training trainers, Jain said.

Jain irrigation, with an annual turnover in excess of R3500-crore has been working with small and marginal farmers of India and helping them bring more land under cultivation with less water by using micro-irrigation system.

In the meeting with the Rwanda Prime Minister, Jain and his delegation presented their background and strategies for Rwanda, where the company is planning to deliver results within five years in improving agriculture, through irrigation systems. Jalgaon (Maharashtra)-based JIS also focuses on widely used equipments for taking up agricultural activities like irrigation, pipes, sprinklers, plastic sheets, food beverage etc.,

Although the company, since its inception in 1960s, has been operating in the mostly western and southern parts of the country, during the last few years, the customer base of the company has also expanded to eastern and northern parts of the country. Jain stated that for the last five decade successive governments did not pay enough attention to agriculture. However, there have been various measures taken by central and state governments towards boosting agricultural productivity. He said with the thrust on the social sector programme by the UPA government, which had given boost rural economy, the demand for the agricultural products have gone up significantly.