Friday, June 8, 2012

Drip irrigation extension manual resolves technical hitch for group

Green house farming is a new technology of growing crops in a controlled environment (temperature) which ensures efficient use of water .The technology uses drip irrigation so that the water is supplied directly to the crop in drops. Mola Mathina (Malili) is a self-help group that has embraced this technology.

However due to water shortage in the area members have developed a duty rota for bringing 20 Litres of water weekly each from nearby Nzeeu River, a seasonal river one Kilometre away.This water is usually dirty and salty which led to clogging of the drip irrigation system.

Above, Mr.Kisuni goes through the drip irrigation Extension Manual; Below, the group’s drip irrigation system.

The group therefore resorted to watering their tomato, spinach and onion crops manually which increased their workload as they were using 1000 Litres of water weekly as opposed to the 120 Litres they had been using before.Read more....


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