Grow-ip

Grow Them Well

GROWiP Pellets are an irrigation replacement technology that, once planted with crops, provide water and nutrients during drought.

Use Case

GROWiP pellets solve the problem of lack of water and nutrients during prolonged dry seasons or outright drought. The farmer only has to bury the pellets around each plant during the rainy season or during a time when they can access a lot of water. The pellets are preloaded with crop-specific nutrients and also have the capacity to imbibe rain or irrigation water. The solution saves farmers the cost of irrigation labor and water reservoir construction or maintenance. When the humidity is high (normally during rainy seasons), the pellets will not release any water. Once the rains stop and humidity drops below levels that would hurt the plant, the pellets start slowly releasing the water they gained during the rainy season around the plant, keeping the plant vibrant throughout.

Potential

GROWiP Pellets have been designed with smallholder and commercial farmers in mind. The pellets are easy to apply and require no additional labor. The pellets are reusable and can be used with a variety of crops. Prior to using them with each plant, they need to be first soaked in a nutrient-rich medium for up to 10 days so that they imbibe crop-specific nutrients. After planting, they will then automatically imbibe any excess water around the plant and store it for future use when the plant most needs both the water and nutrients. At harvest time, the pellets are retrieved, washed and are ready to be reused for the next season. Users need not acquire any additional skills, or hire additional labor in order to utilize our technology

Business Case

GROWiP is a for-profit company and revenues will be derived solely from product sales. Our products include the GROWiP Pellets as well as crop nutrition and protection mixtures. Apart from supporting growth of the company, a significant proportion of the company's revenues will be applied to agricultural research and development in order to broaden the range of crops and climate patterns for which our products are applicable.

Objectives:

  1. GROWiP Pellets ease crop production, nutrition and protection.
  2. To save farmers money

Team GROW-iP

Entebbe, Uganda

Our Team

Our Mission

Ours is a team of agricultural technology and social enthusiasts developing simple but effective drought mitigation and fertility management solutions for smallholder farmers.

Our Background

To make agriculture profitable and meaningful at the small scale that is common in many parts of the developing world, farmers must achieve a minimum level of productivity. Our team of ag tech enthusiasts is working towards that end.

Our Team

Our Mission

Ours is a team of agricultural technology and social enthusiasts developing simple but effective drought mitigation and fertility management solutions for smallholder farmers.Read More

Our Background

To make agriculture profitable and meaningful at the small scale that is common in many parts of the developing world, farmers must achieve a minimum level of productivity. ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.