Kent Science Park-based company Boundless Horizons will shortly be sending their revolutionary Solar Grow 1 (SG1) system out to Kenya to improve food production and supply in Eldoret, a town in the west of the country. The system will be a vital part of development work being carried out in the area by international development charity Emerge Poverty Free.
SG1 systems are mobile germination and seedling plant factories, which provide a major step forward in food production due to the quantity and diversity of what they can produce and the speed at which they produces seedlings.
During last year’s food crisis in East Africa, food shortages caused prices to skyrocket across the region. Eldoret is a relatively fertile area but many people, especially those living in poverty, face a struggle to survive. The arrival of the SG1 system will allow local producers to diversify crops, which will lead to better nutrition, higher incomes and greater food security during times of crisis.
Inventor Alexander K Bushell, specifically designed the SG1 system to aid in the fight against world hunger. This system hugely increases yields and reduces grow time, producing large quantities of seedlings that can be distributed to local farmers. For example, SG1 can produce 50,000 tomato seedlings for distribution within a week. Not only can the system function for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but it is environmentally sound making use of natural fertilisers and solar power and using a more water efficient process than traditional farming.
Alex will be travelling to Eldoret with the system to provide onsite training to the local team on how to use the SG1 system. He commented:” I am thrilled at this opportunity to put SG1 to the kind of use for which it was designed, increasing food production in locations where this is not otherwise possible. I am also very happy that the team I will be working with in Kenya who will be running SG1 after I leave, is from the local community. It is my hope that this kind of transfer of equipment and technical knowledge will one day mean that horticultural innovators and inventors thrive in places such as Eldoret.”
Alex produced the SG1 system on Kent Science Park, and James Speck, the Site Director of the park commented on SG1:
“It’s excellent news that SG1 is being shipped to Kenya to help produce food for the people in Eldoret. We’ve supported Alex for a number of years and now everyone will begin to see the benefits of his hard work, as more and more places are able to make use of his revolutionary technology to try and stamp out hunger and develop agriculture across the world.”
Alex Haxton, Chief Executive of Emerge Poverty Free also spoke about the project:”This has the potential to have a huge impact on the farmers in Eldoret and their families. The vast majority of people living in poverty today are subsistence farmers. I am very excited about the possibility of finding new ways to help them out of poverty.”
Photo: Alexander K Bushell at work inside Solar Grow 1