Mumbai, India, July 7, 2011—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is helping Jain Irrigation Systems Limited
in India set up Sustainable Agro-Commercial Finance Limited, a non-banking
finance company, that will provide loans to Indian small-scale farmers
to help them install micro-irrigation systems and improve productivity.
The project is expected to benefit more than 600,000 farmers with limited
access to credit, in the next five years.
IFC will invest $2.7 million (equivalent to 120 million Indian rupees)
in equity in Sustainable Agro-Commercial Finance, a subsidiary of Jain
Irrigation Systems. Severe water scarcity hampers the growth of the agriculture
sector in India. Micro- and drip-irrigation systems help reduce water consumption
in agriculture, but are capital intensive. With improved access to credit,
more farmers will be able to install micro-irrigation systems, which will
help increase energy and water efficiency.
“IFC’s support will help promote inclusive growth in the agriculture
sector and lead to increased growth for the small farmer in India,” said
Anil Jain, Managing Director, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited and Director,
Sustainable Agro-Commercial Finance.
The project will also help promote water harvesting and storage solutions
for smaller farmers.
“Efficient use of water in agriculture can play a key role in addressing
India’s water scarcity challenges. By supporting this project, IFC will
help improve farmers’ ability to access the needed financing to install
micro-irrigation systems, conserve water, and potentially, increase agricultural
productivity,” said Anita George, IFC Infrastructure Director for South
Jain Irrigation, winner of IFC’s 2010 Client Leadership Award, is one
of India's largest integrated agribusiness players with manufacturing operations
in micro-irrigation systems, plastic pipes and sheets, dehydrated onions,
and processed fruits.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create
opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We do
so by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and supply
essential services, by mobilizing capital from others, and by delivering
advisory services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global
economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion
in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About Sustainable Agro-Commercial Finance Limited
A subsidiary of Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, Sustainable Agro-Commercial
Finance Limited, will provide debt financing to Jain Irrigation System’s
Limited’s customers through its dealer network across rural India. The
new company is headquartered in Mumbai.