What is Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation is a controlled method of watering crops where delivery of water is done through a system of pipes, valves and emitters directly to the root zone of individual plants. The water is delivered in the right amounts and at the right time, so each plant gets exactly what it needs and when in need to grow optimally.
Why use this type of Irrigation?
We recommend the installation and use of the drip irrigation system for the following reasons:
Drip irrigation operates at low pressure as compared to sprinkler irrigation. The system works under low gravitational force so that with a raised tank or bucket, water will be flow into the drip pipes.
This method applies water directly to the soil surface (crop roots) and allows the water to percolate under low pressure and in a specific pattern. This ensures your lowers the growth of weeds.
Drip irrigation saves water since only the root zone is supplied and little is lost to weed, or is lost through evaporation. A lot of water is conserved this way
Drip irrigation systems work in sloppy or irregularly shaped land that are difficult water with a sprinkler system. Grekkon Limited drip irrigation systems are designed for all terrains.
A drip-line slowly releases water into the soil and directly to the roots of plants. This way, there is no run-off of water on the surface of the soil. This avoids or highly reduces the chances of soil erosion.
The system ensure proper moisture level in the soil, which lowers crop disease incident. This results in beautiful, healthy plants.
Where can this type of irrigation be used?
At Grekkon Limited, we supply and install the drip irrigation kits on every farm size; from subsistence kitchen gardens to large scale commercial farms. Land preparation and beds must be in place before installation.
For vegetables, pre perforated drip pipes with emitter spacing of 15cm, 20cm or 30cm are used depending on the crop one is planning on planting.
For orchards and forestry, a 16mm HDPE pipe is used together with adjustable button drippers. The pipe punctured at the tree base, and a dripper inserted on the perforation.
Our drip-pipes are:
- UV treated
- 0.4mm thick
- have a flow rate of 1.6L/Hour to 2.4L/Hour
- 16mm in diameter
- have double emitter spacing at either 15cm, 20cm or 30 cm