Blog at Jains - An evening to commemorate the founder of drip irrigation in India
A memorial tribute to Mr B.H Jain was held at "Peres Center For Peace",
Israel at the presence of Jain Family - Anil Jain, MD Jain, Atul Jain ,Indian
Ambassador to Israel Mr. Pavan Kapoor, former Israeli ambassadors to India,
Ambassadors, representatives from Israeli Ministries of Agriculture, Foreign Affairs,
Economy & Industry, leading persons from the Israeli industry and institutes
Mr. B.H. Jain, the founder and head of the Jain international
agricultural and irrigation corporation was a visionary, a man
of action and work; an entrepreneur, lawyer, researcher,
philosopher and educator and Philanthropist. He was
responsible for the second green revolution in India and
the introduction of advanced agricultural technologies and
irrigation methods such as micro and drip irrigation into
India in the world for small farmers.
Mr. Jain was born into a family of farmers. In 1963 he
established a family business involved mainly in supplying
inputs for farmers.
In 1986, the Jain Company visited the Agritech Exhibition in
Israel (an international agricultural technology exhibition),
where Mr. Jain first came into contact with Israeli agricultural
developments and technologies, including micro and drip
irrigation. From that time on, his dream and vision was to
establish a company promoting those advanced technologies
for the benefit of the millions of farmers, primarily small
farmers around the world and specifically in India.
In 1988, Mr. Jain founded an irrigation company, which was
initially based on European expertise. In 1992, with the
renewal of diplomatic relations between India and Israel,
connections were made between the Jain Company and
Israeli companies and institutions. Today, the Jain Company
is one of the worlds leaders in the fields of irrigation, water,
food and sustainable agriculture, with an annual turnover
of more than one and a half billion dollars.
Progress and Benefits for Millions of Farmers
Mr. Jain believed that every farmer is an entrepreneur; that
he can make an honorable living and can make the most
of his farming area. To achieve that aim, he established a
unique business model designed to provide the needs of
millions of small farmers in India. According to that model,
the Company uses its plants to manufacture and supply
the farmer with all the necessary farming inputs - Seeds and plants, drip and sprinkler irrigation systems, fertilizers,
nurseries, greenhouses, agronomic information and advice.
In other words, Mr. Jain established a "one stop agro shop"
As part of that model, the Company purchases the produce
from the farmer, sending part for export and part for processing
in the factories established by the Company, including
one of the world’s largest onion drying plants and a plant
producing fruit juices and concentrates. Organic wastes
at the Company’s plants are used to generate alternative,
With the aim of introducing drip technology into the Indian
agricultural market, Mr. Jain established laboratories and an
advanced biological and agricultural research institute, which
supports and helps the farmers. Mr. Jain also established
a plant manufacturing solar power water pumps, which
enable the farmers to irrigate without dependence upon
an electricity network, which is often not available in many
of India’s rural areas.
Mr. Jain also founded a 2,000 hectare model farm, which is
also used as a training farm and to demonstrate advanced
irrigation methods. More than 100,000 people visit the
farm each year. Thanks to Mr. Jain’s activities, the Indian
central government was persuaded that the transition to drip
irrigation was both worthwhile and economically feasible.
Once that had happened, the central government and the
heads of individual Indian states began offering support
for farmers making the transition from traditional, wasteful,
flood irrigation methods to drip irrigation. Drip provided water
and fertilizer savings, while at the same time, it increased
yields and income.
That is how Mr. Jain generated the second green revolution
in India. Millions of small farmers using traditional methods
to farm small areas in a country where water does not cost
anything are now using drip irrigation. That revolution has
brought advance and benefits to millions of Indian farmers.
In its list of companies that have created change in the world,
the prestigious Fortune magazine ranks the Jain Company
highly for its contribution to progress and change for millions
of Indian farmers.
Today the story of Jain Irrigation are learning as "Case
Studies" at universities such Harvard.
Mr. Jain belonged to the Jain faith, which believes in nonviolence.
The moral principles that form the underpinnings
of the Jain faith, primarily that of non-violence had a decisive
influence on the doctrine favored by Mahatma Gandhi. In
his home town, Mr. Jain founded the Gandhi Museum and
Center for Peace - one of the most sophisticated in the world.
As an educator, he established the School of Young
Leadership in India. Mr. Jain was the author of many books,
including works on the ills in the structure of Indian society,
on business entrepreneurship and the management of
water systems. For his wide ranging work he was awarded
India’s second most important medal of excellence by the
Indian government. He chose to live in harmony with the
environment and planted millions of trees in an effort to
transform arid land into cultivated soil producing life and food.
Special Links with Israel
Mr. Jain valued Israeli agricultural achievements and both
appreciated and had affection for Israeli farmers. Over
the past 25 years, there has been much cooperation and
investments between Jain and many Israeli companies. The
headline event during that time was the establishment of a
joint irrigation company with Kibbutz Naan - the NaanDanJain
Irrigation Company, a world leader in irrigation technology.
That event has also led to social and cultural cooperation
with the Kibbutz and the Israeli people. Thanks to that
commercial cooperation, the NaanDanJain Company now
offers the world’s widest range of irrigation products, which
enables the Company to supply farmers with the best custom
solutions for their individual needs. That certainly fits the
spirit of the motto that guided Mr. Jain during his life - "Leave
this world a little better than you found it".