Grekkon Limited’s onion drip irrigation kit is for crops with close spacing. These are; such as 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. We train commercial onion farmers on how to irrigate onions in Kenya. All successful onion farmers water their crop, and their onion yield per acre is high. Onion varieties in Kenya do not determine the irrigation method adopted. For example, a hybrid seed onion farmer, and another practicing Red Creole onion farming will irrigate the same way. Spring onion farming too is largely through irrigation.
How to grow onions using a drip irrigation system
Bed makingYour 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 too much stagnant water.
- 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-acre drip irrigation kit; Kes 145,000
1/2 acre drip irrigation kit; Kes 85,000
1/4 acre drip irrigation kit; Kes 55,000
1/8 acre drip irrigation kis; Kes 38,000
Hybrid onion seed price in Kenya is a determining factor in the area under irrigation
Use closely spaced drip emitters of 15cm apart and below. This onion drip irrigation system will water every plant and they will be no irrigation dry shadows. Irrigate in the morning hours and avoid late evening irrigation
No. An onion plant will require just an inch of water per week under dry conditions. Too much water causes bulb rot
Stop watering onions 14 days before harvesting. This is when the mature leaves begin to droop.
Grekkon Limited’s drip irrigation systems are designed to operate at 10 to 35 PSI
Yes. 10 to 12 hours of sunlight for bulb formation in the tropics
Yes. One inch of water 3 times a week is enough.
Yes. So long as enough irrigation water is given to the crop