Avocado Drip Irrigation Farming

Grekkon Limited’s avocado drip irrigation farming systems are for commercial avocado farming in Kenya. Button drip is the best irrigation system for avocado trees in whichever location. Commercial avocado production in Kenya is largely through irrigation. Avocado varieties do not determine the irrigation method adopted. However, avocado spacing in Kenya has an effect on the irrigation system cost. Avocado yield per acre is significantly higher under irrigation than with the traditional rain-fed method. With a button drip irrigation system, avocado fertigation is possible. Grekkon Limited technical teams advise farmers on how to irrigate avocado in Kenya

Avocado irrigation farming requirement with button drip systems

  • The mainline supplies water from the source. Your avocado irrigation water source will be either a reservoir, a river, a well, or a tank. The size of the HDPE or PVC pipe will depend on your acreage. A farmer with 10 acres will take a larger main pipe than one with a half-acre of avocado trees
  • A sub-mainline will deliver water from the mainline to the 16mm HDPE pipes that serve the avocado tree
  • A button dripper connected to the 16mm HDPE line to directly irrigate the tree
 
Grekkon Limited team trains Avocado Society of Kenya officials on avocado irrigation

Benefits of Avocado Drip Irrigation Farming

  • It is water efficient because it uses 70% less water than sprinkler irrigation
  • The system is easy to install and maintain
  • It requires just one individual to run it over very large acreage
  • Every button dripper will meet the tree’s water need as adjusted

How to irrigate an avocado tree

1. Check the soil moisture

Assess your soil moisture to a depth of 10 cm. If it is all dry, it is time to irrigate your avocado tree

2. Assess the state of your avocado crop

Do the leaves droop and seem water-stressed? Then proceed to irrigate

3. Avocado drip irrigation system management

Irrigate according to the various blocks. Move to irrigate the next block after the soil is fully moist but not overflowing with water

 

Avocado Drip Irrigation Farming FAQs

1. What is the cost of avocado irrigation in Kenya

This cost includes; the mainline and fittings, the sub mainline, and fittings, and labor.
For the button drip irrigation system, there is the 16mm HDPE line and fittings, and button drippers
For the rain gun sprinkler irrigation system or rain hose kit, the relevant accessories for each.
 

2. How do you irrigate an avocado tree?

Use a button drip irrigation system as defined above or a rain gun sprinkler system as below

A rain gun sprinkler irrigating by Grekkon Limited  irrigating an apple crop orchard in Laikipia county, Kenya

 

3. Do avocado trees need a lot of water?

Yes, they do need plenty of water, especially during the flowering period, through to the end of fruiting.

4. How often should I water my Hass avocado tree?

In the dry season, water the fruit tree twice or thrice a week. During the wet season, irrigate only when it dries

5. Can you over-water an avocado tree?

Yes you can which will lead to root rot

6. What does an over-watered avocado tree look like?

The leaves will be small and pale. Then they will turn yellow. The fruits too are tiny and few.

7. Does the avocado tree like water?

Yes it does

8. How many litres of water does an avocado tree need?

Mature avocado trees need 4 liters of water weekly. Younger trees need more water to establish a good root system.

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Comments (5)

  • Hi, how much for Venturi fertigation system.
    Please send me a quote of drip irrigation kit for 2ha each of the following:
    banana (2200 trees)
    avocado (714 trees)
    medjool dates (250 trees)
    papaya (4628 trees).
    Kind regards
    Ronan
    App no. +267 71864116

    Reply
    • Dear Ronan,

      Good evening and thank you for your enquiry. We have reached out to you via WhatsApp for further details that’ll help us draw you a detailed quote.

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
  • Hello. I want to do 6 to 7 acres of Hass avocado to be ready by October rains. My land is flat of black cotton soil. I will be using water in a huge water pan in the same piece of land. I prefer drip irrigation system for efficient water use- that is if the cost will allow. Please advise me. Regards. Dominic.

    Mugao Dominic
    Reply
  • Hey, i want to plant avocados in two parcel of land each 50acres. Each parcel has a borehole and an erected water tank. Kindly give a quotation for drip irrigation. Thanks

    Paul kimani
    Reply
    • Dear Paul,

      Thank you for your inquiry. To give an accurate quote for such acreage, a site visit is necessary to lay out the irrigation system design in order to generate an accurate quote for you. Please share your phone contact on info@grekkon.com

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply

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