Rain guns

Nagpur-based Vedant Enviro is promoting the raingun concept of irrigation with farmers all our India in a big way.

Vedant Enviro-Agro & Irrigation (P) Ltd. was established – in Nagpur in 1996 by Mr. Arun Bagri, who is
the managing director, after his stint as marketing counsellor with a well-Known Indian company. Vedant is engaged in designing and marketing rain guns in the Indian markets. “We started promoting rain guns as we could foresee the limitations of small sprinklers for irrigation requirement, which consumed a lot of labour and time in being shifted many times. A rain gun is a long-range sprinkler covering about the same area as 8 to 12 small sprinklers as per the models,” avers Mr. Bagri.

He further says, “We are focussing on promoting rain gun concept with the farmers and planters in a big way in India. We also supply other innovative equipments sourced from Italy and other countries like bird scares, automatic reel irrigators, high pressure sprayers, gated pipes etc, apart from designing a complete rain gun irrigation system for the farmer to meet his requirements.” The company also markets tractor PTO pumps to operate rain guns directly, automatic travelling sprinkler reel, machines for spot ground sprinkling, battery operated knapsack sprayers, automatic pressure release piston sprayers, birds scarer and high pressure washers.

International License
The company acquired marketing license from the Italian company SIME s.r.l., which manufactures various models of rain guns. Mr. Bagri claims SIME s.r.l. Italy has more than 50 years of experience in irrigation sprinklers. “We entered into exclusive concessionaire arrangement for Indian market with them for distribution and assembly as well, under the brand name Vedant Italian Rain Guns,” he says, adding, “Sime s.r.l. Italy is an ISO company manufacturing rain guns of various capacity and designs. We have also developed special quick-fit accessories for using rain guns on portable sprinkler pipes, offering a complete unit to the farmer as per his requirement.”

Usage
Mr. Bagri maintains that in addition to irrigation, the rain guns have found large usage in landscapes, nurseries and dust-suppression in mines/ industry. He avers, “Rain gun is now being used practically for all crops except for rice and jute.” Adding, “For sensitive crops we have special turbo-rain guns which have fine droplet size management and high uniformity of application.”

Marketing
Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajastan and MP are the company’s leading markets for rain gun irrigation of the Vedant. “We are now strengthening our marketing team for other states as well,” states Mr. Bagri. He explains, “We first concentrated on progressive states as the concept selling requires many follow-ups and demonstrations. But now with the success in these states the concept will also get spread in other states, where we are short of our marketing efforts.”

The company has a network of distributors and dealers in all the important markets of India. “We have good representation in eight states of India as mentioned earlier and our dealers here stock the rain guns giving demonstrations and service back-up to their area farmers,” says Mr. Bagri.”We installed more than 200o rain guns last year,”he maintains.

Investment
Mr.Bagri gives an estimate of the investment required by a farmer to go in for rain gun irrigation for 1 acre, saying, “As our one rain gun can suffice for an area of upto 10 acres, we consider that for a 10 acre farm, the average installation cost comes to about Rs.3000 to 4000 per acre for a portable system. The farmer needs to use his own main PVC underground line with outlets at every 100ft with HDPE sprinkler laterals used both side for shifting the rain gun at desired location. Generaliy a rain gun covers from half to one acre area from one position in 2 to 3 hours depending on the type of soil, season and the crop.”

Comparing the company’s rain gun technology to that of other countries, Mr. Bagri says, “As we import our equipments from Europe they have the same technical standards as in UK or USA.” He further compares the rain gun technology with drip irrigation. “Rain gun technology can be compared with small sprinklers. Drip irrigation is a different concept b~ing used where water is very scarce and plants are wide spread to keep the installation cost reasonable. However, in many instances like in sugarcane farming, we found that many farmers who have installed drip system have replaced it with rain gun system due to comparatively very low installation cost and benefits like cooling and cleaning of the leaves, better nitrogen fixation etc. In sugarcane it is reported that the overhead irrigation increases the sugar content of the sugarcane crop,” he maintains.

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Indian Market
Speaking about the mindset of the average Indian farmer regarding the company’s product, Mr. Bagri feels, “The average Indian farmer prefers subsidy on rain gun from the government. But in reality the cost to farmers under subsidy schemes is the same, if not lower, when he purchases from the direct market. This is because the subsidy distribution channel is not caring much about the farmer and this also leads him to accept lower quality material available under subsidy due to certain vested interests.” He admits, “Yes, it is a little difficult to make them use our products. But now the farmers have started realizing that the appearance of cartels under subsidy channels is not giving them the value for their investments.

Progressive farmers have already purchased the rain guns without the subsidy enquiry and have adopted it from the very beginning.” He further adds, “The earlier stage of development of rain gun by Chandrabhu rain gun (developed by Anna Saheb) was inspired by popularity of our rain guns with the farmers. While we appreciate the development of lower cost alternatives, the technology and quality as developed over the years by the masters in the field will always be there as they can create many models with different technical innovations due to their precise manufacturing capabilities.”

Obstacles
Mr. Bagri says, “The main obstacle preventing further expansion of rain gun usage in India is the farmers generally have low head pumps and with further deepening of wells, booster pump sets or new high head pump sets are required to be installed,” stressing, “However, the cost of this replacement to new pumps’ gets compensated with increase in yield, saving in labour and time for irrigation by more than two to three times.”Pointing at the shortcoming of rain gun, he says,’ “Strong wind can affect the spraying pattern, but with the wind direction shifting this problem gets minimized. Strong wind exists for short periods during the day but these periods can be avoided.”

Government Subsidy
Commenting on the government subsidy, Mr. Bagri says, “If the government introduces the rain guns under subsidy schemes due to pressure from farmers, then the government should ask the manufacturers to adhere to the international ISO standards available for rain guns, as the same is not yet formulated with BIS Indian Standard. The farmers should have the choice to opt for rain guns of high quality if they want to install the rain gun on their existing small sprinkler sets. As many farmers have already the small sprinkler sets with HDPE or ALU sprinkler portable pipes with them, and want to graduate further and install rain guns only, the subsidy to rain guns need not be clubbed to the purchase of complete sprinkler sets with pipes etc.

If government wants, they can include a high head pump set also along with the rain gun for better efficiency of the system. “Mr. Bagri is an agricultural engineer from Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana and has held senior marketing positions in a leading Indian company for many years. “I am from a business family and hence the background also helped to start on our own with reputed foreign company association for introducing the new concept to the Indian farmer,” he avers.

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  • mazhar abbas

    I need these rain gun for my farm in Pakistan and also want to market here. a big market so pls send Mr bagri contact,
    thks,
    Mazhar

  • DhanasekaranT

    will this rain gun work with 3HP motor pressure. please share me the tamilnadu dealers contact details

  • umashankar

    what type of crops to use this rain guns irrigation, pls list out

  • http://www.radfiresprinklers.co.uk/ radfire

    This is an alternative way for farmers to take care of their crop. Its a great thing that it covers half to one acre. All the best for farmers who will benefit this new invention.

  • rajesh

    will this gun work at 7.5 hp submersible pump and is it suitable for coffee plantation?

  • Arun Bagri

    Please contact 09823042260 for any queries/enquiry

  • Arun Bagri

    Hello Everyone.

    For any inquiry/queries please mail to arunbagri28@dataone.in.

    Thanks
    Arun Bagri
    (0)9823042260

  • prasad

    please give details of rain gun models available with you. iam going to installation for 4 acres.available of 5 HP power source. i have completed 2.5 inch pvc line for flood irrigation. iam expecting costing for the gun.

  • http://www.vedantraingun.com/ Arun Bagri
  • Anil kanoongo

    Dear sir
    i am intersted to install rain gun for my farm house in Bhilwara (Rajasthan)
    kindly let me know the Releted person for Rajasthan
    Regards
    Anil

  • Arun Bagri

    Kindly please leave Email ID in your post, so that we can reply to your queries/inquiry.

    Thanks
    Arun Bagri
    09823042260

  • Harshad Patel

    Dear sir
    i am intersted to install rain gun for my farm in Mehsana Gujrat kindly let me know the Releted person for Gujrat
    Anil

  • Arun Bagri

    Dear Harshad,

    Please leave your contact details.

    Thanks

    Arun Bagri

  • Arun Bagri

    VEDANT RAINGUN DEMO NEWS COVERAGE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21BJJ2AeQOA

  • K.Ramana Murthy

    We are having 10,000 ha farm in Cambodia. We are cultivating Sugarcane crop for our proposed sugar industry.We would like to know the suitable srinkler rain guns to irrigate sugarcane crop. We are having river adjacent to our farm for water resource.

  • Arun Bagri

    FIND VEDANT RAINGUN DEMO NEWS COVERAGE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21BJJ2AeQOA

  • Thangavel

    Sir,
    I am interested to install Rain gun in our farm of 10 acars of land. can you help me to find out who is the delar in Nagpur area.

  • simran dsingh

    in what tipe crop rain can use and how much time and energe its take fore 1 acare land

  • Chari Douglas

    i’m doing a research on the potential for adaptability of the raingun in Zimbabwe. pliz send me more information.

  • T.Vivekanandan

    I need your advise to install rain gun for 2 acres to irrigate for tapioca plantation.

  • T.Vivekanandan

    need advise to irrigate for tapioca with rain gun in tamilnadu, trichy district. who is your dealer in tamil nadu?

  • narendra v,chavan

    i want to irrigate 10 acres with a permanent underground pipeline system with raingun. outlets to be provided at raingun sprinkling range throughout the 10 acre farm.pl. provide me information regarding raingun available ,rates,pipes required towithstand the water pressure for 5hp pump,etc as early as possible.narendra v.chavan.cell.no.9422218210.

  • sathyamurthy.k

    i am interested in installing raingun for irrigating sugarcane in an eight acre farm at hosur(tamilnadu) about 40 kms from bangalore.kindly give me details of your contact person for tamilnadu or bangalore

  • abhay

    I WISH TO PURCHASE RAIN GUN FOR MY FARM. PL FORWARD THE BROUCHER. I WISH TO INSTALL AT ADILABAD OF AP/ MY CONTACT NUMBER IS 8500025759(MOBILE ANDHREA PRADESH) 9405776137 (MAHARASTRA)

  • http://www.vedantraingun.com Arun

    Please Contact arunbagri28@dataone.in or call Directly 09823042260

    To see videos and brochure please visit http://www.vedantraingun.com

  • samirpatel

    Respected sir/madam,
    i am interested in installing raingun for irrigating sugarcane & cotton in an 5 acre farm . I would like to know the price of one piece and the hp, pressure, output of water at that pressure of the pump required for the gun. and where can I get the pump i want to know the dealer’s address for the same. its means complete deails of rain gun.and i have also provid land for demostation .
    samir patel
    bharuch
    gujarat
    mob.no:-9727745768

  • bala kumar

    i want rate of guns.how longs it works. i need full detail bouts guns

  • Mohammed Azeeth

    Hi, I have a plan to cultivate in India through your Rain gun method for around 20 Acres. Would you let me know that who is your contact person in tamil nadu.
    Thanks
    Mohammed

  • http://nowebsite RAMNARAYAN SHRIWAS

    DEAR MR.ARUN BAGRI,

    I AM HAVING A FARM OF 3.0 (THREE) ACRES. I WISH TO PURCHASE A RAIN GUN FOR IRRIGATION PURPOSE. MY BORE DEPTH IS 300 FEET, LESS WATER, RUNS 3 HP SUBMERSIBLE PUMP. UNFORTUNATELY AFTER JAN-FEB WATER TABLE GOES DOWN. TO COLLECT RAIN WATER I WISH TO MAKE A SMALL POND AND I SHALL TRY TO STORE WATER IN IT TO IRRIGATE WHEAT AND OTHER CROPS INCLUDING VEGITABLES. AFTER DECEMBER THE WATER FORCE BECOMES VERY LOW, SO CANNOT IRRIGATE THROUGH LAPETA PIPES. PONDS NEARBY MY FARM ALSO GET DRIED IN MARCH-APRIL EVERY YEAR. SO KINDLY SUGGEST:-

    1. CAN IT SUCK WATER FROM POND
    2. IF YES, SUCKING CAPACITY (DEPTH)
    3. I AM HAVING VST SHAKTI POWER TILLER (13.5 HP). IS IT COMPATIBLE?

  • Arun Bagri

    Kindly leave your contact details or call directly +91-9823042260 .
    arunbagri28@dataone.in

  • http://nowebsite RAMNARAYAN SHRIWAS

    RAMNARAYAN SHRIWAS
    C-35, INDIRA VIHAR COLONY,
    SARKANDA,
    SEEPAT ROAD,
    BILASPUR (CHHATISGARH)

    9425531298

    Thanks talked today also. You were kind enough to inform that
    Rain Gun + Portable Stand + Connector cost Rs.8300/- Now I shall arrange sprinkler pipe. I shall inquire it in Bilaspur and Raipur market, as advised by you.

    Thanks.

  • raingun

    Iwish to purchase raingun price list for my farm pl forward the broucher i want install at Adilabad my contact 9849069559

  • agrinatrajan

    I would like to become a dealer for your raingun product in Southern Tamilnadu

  • Arun Bagri

    Kindly leave your contact details or call directly +91-9823042260 .
    arunbagri28@dataone.in

    Arun Bagri
    Vedant Raingun

  • Radhakrishnan

    the cost and whether it can be fitted with a submersible pump of 5 hp and one and half inch dia pipe

  • arivalan

    I need rain gun companies and the phone numbers list in tamilnadu.please send informations at Arivalan.v@gmail.com

  • http://NIL G.SELVAKUMAR

    I WANT A IRREGULAR SOIL RAIN GUN IN 50 TO 200 FEET WATER SPRAY DISTANCE. SO YOUR CONTACT IN TAMIL LANGUAGE PERSON. MY CONTACT PH.NO:9865241717.THANK YOU SIR.

  • Satyanarayana

    We are in need of Rain Gun suitable for Two Acres.Kindly inform us the Price for the same.If any dealer is available in Hyderabad / Secunderabad, their Contact details may be informed.Here in Andhrapradesh noone aware of this Rain Gun System.If you Consider for a Reasonable Price, we will show you a GOOD Market for your Product in Andhrapradesh, if dealer is not available Here.We are the service Providers for the Farm Lands Development based in Hyderabad.

  • http://www.vedantraingun.com Vedant Enviro Agro(Arun Bagri)

    Please call me on 09823042260 for more details regarding Vedant Raingun.

    Thanks
    Arun Bagri
    arunbagri28@dataone.in
    09823042260

  • SHANKAR KULKARNI

    We are in need of Rain Gun suitable for Five Acres sugar cane crop.Kindly inform us the Price for the same.If any dealer is available in karnataka , Bidar,Gulbarga or in Maharastra Solapur, Latur which are the border dist of Karnatak or else Hyderabad / Secunderabad also near to Bidar dist. inform their Contact details may be informed.Here in Bidar Karnataka no one aware of this Rain Gun System.If you Consider for a Reasonable Price, we will show you a GOOD Market for your Product in Bidar Karnataka , I am in need of Rain Guns for my 5 acres of sugar cane crop due to scarsity of water we can not use flood water system it help us to save the water and natural resource for prolong period. If I could precure there are many such formers in our Tq. & Dist. I would like to set an example to save water and natural resource If dealer is not available Here.I am ready to take dealership for our region Bidar & Gulbarga Dist.

  • Arun Bagri

    Kindly leave your contact details or call directly +91-9823042260 .
    arunbagri28@dataone.in

    Arun Bagri
    Vedant Raingun