In the absence of sufficient funds for another Village Water System we have been looking for other ways to get “meaningful bangs for our limited bucks”.
Drip Feeding is a No Brainer.
1.You only water at the exact point its needed…
2.Weeds nearby die due to lack of water, so less weeding.
3.Reduced leaf disease/fungus since water isn’t being thrown over all of the plants.
4.Falling water also compacts the soil around the plant which has to be regularly loosened up.
5.Addition of fertiliser can either be introduced into the drip feed line or in pellet form at exactly where needed, where the drip is, no wastage.
6.Plants become healthier because they develop a stronger roots system.. Traditional watering moistens the soil down to only between. 15/20cm max, constant drips make the soil moist down to 25/30cms.
7.Also there is significant labour saving. Twice a day bucketfuls have to be pulled up by rope from a 5/6mt deep Irrigation well and then distributed by hand using a bean tin.
8.It’s a water feast or famine twice a day, (not the best for the plants) as opposed to a nice steady drip, which once set up doesn’t need any supervision.
9.The inclusion in the main water hose of an inexpensive AA battery powered Timer enables you to control the time of the day/night and frequency & duration of watering depending on the season & stage of growth of the plants.
10. and on top of all this, a Water saving of approx. 50%
Initial installation of drip feed pipes and below a very healthy crop of squash plants and a copy of a WhatsApp from Momodou
“Am sitting down to enjoy the way the drip works. I used to take cans to do my watering but now just to sit down to see it work. You have added value to my life again. No time consuming.”