Ten years and three proto-types in the making, the SW2 Systems imprint wheel lowers input costs and raises crop yields by 30% each giving farmers a 60% boost to their bottom line the first season. Because the beneficial effects of imprinting are cumulative, profitability continues to climb over time because soil improvements result in continually bigger, better plants.
In farming circles, the wheel is known as the “30% miracle.”
Sustainability advocates see immediate run-off mitigations of up to 99% for water, wind and chemicals alongside 30% increases to soil surface area and plant health. Investors get a nine-fold return backed by scientific field tests all over the globe and the technology’s track record.
ISWR CEO Stephen Carr is excited about what the wheel does for farmers. “In developing nations there are 1.4 billion subsistence farmers. The SW2 wheel system enables them to become agricultural entrepreneurs. They turn a profit their first season and are in a position to expand their operations within a few years. We see it happen over and over again.”
USAID is working with ISWR to help integrate the SW2 Systems wheel technology in their multiple extant value chains in Senegal.
Consulting soil scientist Dr. Roy Stephen of Arise Research and Discovery, Inc., describes the imprint wheel as “a world-changing solution.”
In a speech to the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Dr. Eusobios Ventura Jr. of the University of Queretaro in Mexico said “…full implementation of the imprinting wheel will benefit not only the farmer but also the economy of societies around the world while preserving our most valuable resources: soil and water."
The SW2 Systems imprint technology is strategically positioned in the quarter-of a-trillion-dollar annual agricultural equipment sales market. Agriculture is responding to growth in all major sectors of production driven by population growth as well as changing dietary choices in developing nations, both of which increase demand on livestock producers and animal feed producers.
The SW2 Systems imprint wheel design overcomes implementation challenges through total accessibility. It is affordable, easy to use, durable, scalable to any power source, technology independent and free of regulatory issues.
Fortunatus Okwir of the United Nations office in Kenya said, “… combined with current advances in plant genetics and sustainable input products, the SW2 holds great potential for feeding the world's poor.”
ISWR has offices in Africa, China and the US now, and opening additional manufacturing and distribution channels in more countries.