Drip Irrigation: Sustainable Agriculture |The future of climate and ecological conditions is unsure concerning the changing patterns of rains and increasing risks of global warming in Kenya and the world. Food production and security, among the top Sustainable development goals need viable economical solutions. Drip irrigation has enabled farmers to obtain high yields despite major challenges of scarce water, and small land to cultivate.
Goals of Drip Irrigation in Promoting Sustainable Agriculture
Drip irrigation enables utilization of less water to irrigate plants thereby preserving water in tanks, dams, and wells. Since drip irrigation delivers water in a precise manner at plant lines only, 60 percent of the farm surface receives water for plant growth.
Low operation Costs
Less water is enough to water plants over a large farm under drip irrigation. Unlike overhead and furrow irrigation, drip method does not waste water on leaves and surfaces in between plant lines. Therefore, the costs of pumping and water bills are low, hence efficiency is enhanced.
Minimum Labour Requirements
With drip irrigation systems, all work is done by machines and a system of pipes. You only require human labour for supervision, opening, and closing of valves, taps, timers, and maintenance of the system.
Ease to Modify
Micro (drip) irrigation uses principles that are easy to understand and implement. The pipe connection at place can be repaired easily or drip lines extended in case farm sections are increased.
Integration With other sustainable farming Methods
Drip irrigation can be installed inside green houses and shade houses to supply water to plants. This method is flexible and uses pipes and fittings that fit any farm size or space available.
Furthermore, drip irrigation works together with mulching paper to control weeds in a farm. With small wetting patterns, weed cannot grow faster than plants.
Increasing the harvest
Drip methods supplies water to plants all times. Depending on the stability of your water source, you can increase or decrease the times of irrigating your crops. Crops can receive enough water for photosynthesis, and energy formation thus faster growth.
Balance in Water Application to Plants
Drip irrigation balances water supply and prevents excess watering of plants. This can be done by using timers to ensure no water logging.
Applying water to plants in drops has a very low impact on soil erosion. The force of water dropping to plant root zone is lower unlike surface or sprinkler irrigation. Soil absorbs water instantly and no run-off hence soil remains intact with the top layer in place.
Get Quality Drip Irrigation Kits for Sustainable Agriculture
Aqua Hub Kenya is deals with drip and other services such as irrigation systems setup, green houses and solar dryers. We work with farmers to make sure there is a food secure and economical future.
Our Drip Kit Prices
The cost of our drip kits varies with farm size, lines per bed, type of pipes and kits. The prices also varies depending on market and other factors like taxes. Currently, the costs are;
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