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.

 

Center pivot overhead irrigation in an onion field

 

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

Drip irrigation by Grekkon Limited in an onion field

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

In a 1M width section, install 3 rows of drip lines, and 4 rows of drip lines in a 1.2M width section. This ensures sufficient water for the crop

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 low pressure gravity flow
  • Water pump connectors for high pressure flow
  • A venturi fertigation system (optional)
  • 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

Comments (33)

  • I need full drip irrigation system quotations to grow one hectare each of onions, irish potatoes, hot peppers and black pepper.

    Thomas Omofoye
    Reply
    • Good morning Thomas,

      For a detailed quotation, we need some farm layout details. Please email us your contact number on info@grekkon.co.ke for us to reach you

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • What is the spacing of onions plants when I use a 15cm drip lines. I have a 50m x 50m land. The beds are 1m X 25. In total I have 66 beds in a Lima. What is the cost of putting up 15cm drip lines

    Kizito Zulu
    Reply
    • Good afternoon Kizito,

      Sorry for the late reply; we were experiencing a downtime on our website which has since been resolved.
      Your crop spacing will not be affected by the 15cm rip emitter spacing. Do you want a quote that includes the main and sub main lines or just the drip lines and fittings only?

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • I NEED INSTALLATION OF THIS ON MY 1ACRE PIECE OFLAND

    ELIAS
    Reply
    • Good morning Elias,

      We will install your 1 acre onion drip irrigation system. For details, please share your contact number on info@grekkon.co.ke

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • how is 1/2 acre kes 80,000 and a 1 acre kes 165,000?

    alex
    Reply
    • Good morning Alex,

      Becuase of economies. Some fixed costs remain the same for both acreages

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • Interested in drips full kit for half an acre onions am in isiolo,

    Ken
    Reply
    • Good evening Ken,

      Your 1/2 acre onion drip kit cost is from Kes 80,000. However, for a detailed quote, our Meru team will make a site visit. Please email us your contact number on; meru@grekkon.co.ke and we’ll call you back, or reach us in Meru on 0113 679 873

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply
  • Am in Gilgil area and I have an acre I want to do onions. Kindly I need a quotation urgently

    Jonah
    Reply
    • Good morning Jonah,

      Your 1acre drip kit price for onion is from Kes 165,000. However, to give you a detailed quote, we’ll need a the full dimensional details of the farm

      Please email us your phone number for us to reach you on nyahururu@grekkon.co.ke or call is in Nyahururu on 0794 613151

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply

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