Onion Drip Irrigation Kit

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Grekkon Limited’s onion drip irrigation kit is for crops with close spacing. These are; onion, garlic, lemongrass, herbs, strawberry, and green/ French beans. A farmer will choose to have either raised beds or just plain lying land to install an onion irrigation drip kit. Commercial production of onions needs irrigation, and we train onion farmers on how to irrigate onions in Kenya. The knowledge of water requirements for onion is key to ensure that onion yield per acre is high. Key to understanding too is irrigation methods for onion; the pros and cons so as to make an informed decision. Onion varieties in Kenya do not determine the irrigation method adopted. For example, a hybrid seed onion farmer, and another practicing Red Creole OPV variety onion farming will irrigate the same way. Spring onion farming too is largely through irrigation.

Overhead irrigation through; pivot systems, rain hose kits, rain gun, and impact sprinklers work, but are water inefficient.

 

Onion drip kit

How to grow onions using a drip irrigation system

  1. Bed making; Your beds will be 1M wide to allow for 3 rows of drip lines, and 30cm high for good drainage. Drainage is key to prevent bulb rot for onions and garlic, and root rot for beans as a result of stagnant water.

  2. Drip irrigation tapes laying; 3 rows of drip lines will be laid per bed. Each drip line row is 20cm apart and they will be laid 20cm from the edge of the bed. Where no beds are made, each row is 30cm apart.

 

Onion Drip Irrigation Kit FAQs

1. What is the cost of an onion drip irrigation kit?
 
Acreage
Size in Meters Square
Price in KES
1/8th acre 506 KES 38,000
1/4 acre 1,024 KES 55,000
1/2 acre 2,025 KES 85,000
1 acre 4,048 KES 165,000

These are prices for 3 drip rows per bed

Hybrid onion seed price in Kenya is a determining factor in the area under irrigation

2. How do you irrigate an onion?

Use closely spaced drip emitters of 10cm to 15cm apart and below. Onion drip irrigation spacing is important in ensuring that there will be no irrigation dry shadows. Irrigate in the morning hours and avoid late evening irrigation

3. Do onions require a lot of water?

No. An onion plant will require just an inch of water per week under dry conditions. Too much water causes bulb rot

4. When should you stop watering onions?

Stop watering onions 14 days before harvesting. This is when the mature leaves begin to droop.

5. What PSI should you use for drip irrigation?

Grekkon Limited’s drip irrigation systems are designed to operate at 10 to 35 PSI

6. Do onions need lots of sun?

Yes. 10 to 12 hours of sunlight for bulb formation in the tropics

7. Should I water onions?

Yes. One inch of water 3 times a week is enough.

8. Can you grow onions in hot weather?

Yes. So long as enough irrigation water is given to the crop

 

Components of an onion drip kit

  • Tank connector for gravity flow
  • Filtration system
  • PVC ball valves
  • HDPE pipe and fittings for HDPE main and sub main-lines
  • PVC pipes and PVC fittings for PVC main and sub main lines
  • 15cm drip emitter spacing drip tape, and drip fittings

 

Onion beds have 3 drip line rows each

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Established in 2017, Grekkon Limited is a Kenyan agribusiness company. It specialises in the provision of; - Irrigation systems - Greenhouse construction - Dam liners installation - Water pumps - Solar dryers construction - Agriculture nets - Borehole drilling The company has operations offices in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nyeri, Meru, and Nyahururu

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  • Got a 10 acre piece of land that I would want to put onions, even though I would want to start with one acre then improve acreage with time
    My land is located in Chemelil kisumu county
    My contact 0722345575

    Lamech konyango
    Reply
    • Dear Lamech,

      Herbert from Our Kisumu office will call you shortly. We look forward to working together sir!

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • I plan to farm onions in Kitengela.

    David
    Reply
    • Happy new year David,

      Sure, once you’re ready, get in touch with us. We’re glad to support your crop’s irrigation needs.

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • I am interested in growing onions in a 1 acre land, in Eldoret. Kindly advise on the total cost, right from setting up a tank (will be getting water from a borehole) to the drip. The land is flat and rectangular of 75m by 55M

    Jonathan
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    • Good afternoon Jonathan,
      The approximate cost of an onion drip irrigation system for that acreage is from Kes 168,000. The cost of the tank is from Kes 65,000 for the 10,000 liter capacity.

      Please share your number for our Eldoret team to reach you, or call us in Eldoret on 0711 895 635

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • i havee a 4 acre land in kajiado county and i want to do onion drip irrigation farming. Kindly reach me or send me the kitengela oofice number. my number is 0722374015

    vincent okowa
    Reply
    • Good morning Vincent,

      This is well received. Samson from our Nairobi commercial team will reach you with details for this onion drip irrigation kit requirement.

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply

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