28 May Drip Irrigation Pipes for Farming
Drip irrigation pipes in Kenya come in various specifications. When choosing drip irrigation pipes, one must understand the following.
1. Thickness. Drip irrigation pipes in Kenya are either 0.3mm or 0.4mm depending on origin and use. 0.3mm pipes are better used in greenhouse crop production. 0.4mm thick pipes are hardier for open field crop production.
2. Pipe diameter. 16mm diameter rolls are the most common because they supply the largest volume of water. Lesser sized drip pipes like 8mm and 12mm are also available, but are rarely used. However, for an area less than 200M square, one can use them since it requires little water.
3. Emitter spacing. They are commonly spaced as 15cm, 20cm and 30cm. Other exceptions are 40cm and 60cm. The choice of hole spacing is a factor of target crop spacing. Onion, garlic and other closely spaced crops thrive best with 15cm spaced drips. While it is more water efficient to produce say cabbage and strawberry using the 30cm drip tapes.
4. Drip irrigation pipe material. Manufacturers make irrigation pipes either from recycled plastic material, or from virgin plastic material. The difference is in product longevity once in use. Recycled plastic is susceptible to quick wear and disuse. Virgin material lasts longer as it withstands equatorial radiation. Grekkon Limited’s drip irrigation kit suppliers are certified as virgin material users in their respective countries.
No matter how great your drip irrigation pipes are, expert installation is what optimizes its performance. Working with a professional drip irrigation pipes installer achieves this. It is one thing acquiring a great drip irrigation system, yet another in field performance. When we install your drip irrigation system, we visit again. This is to provide free agronomy service as a token!