Drip irrigation, also known as micro-irrigation or trickle irrigation, is a remarkable water use technology that brings together best practices for the targeted, intelligent application of water, fertiliser and agro-chemicals. First developed decades ago, it is now commonly used all over the world in agricultural, nursery, greenhouse, landscape and industrial applications.
Recent major advances in drip irrigation technology have come from manufacturers based in California and Australia where the harsh heat makes targeted irrigation cost effective. These climates are similar to many of those seen in sub-Saharan Africa thereby allowing a very effective transfer of technical know how.
In recent years, the demand for drip irrigation has grown rapidly as technology is demonstrably proving that it can alleviate the serious problems associated with inefficient water use.
BENEFITS OF DRIP IRRIGATION
With global warming and climate change a growing reality it is more important than ever to use water resources wisely and to irrigate intelligently. Investors and farm owners do enjoy improved profitability with drip irrigation from increased crop yields and quality, whilst reducing costs, labour, chemical inputs and water runoff.
Many farmers also enjoy significant water and capital investment savings and dramatically improved crop success by using drip irrigation to deliver water and nutrients directly to plant roots. This ensures runoff, leaching and the wetting of non-targeted areas such as roads and pavements, buildings, plant leaves and tree trunks, are avoided or completely eliminated.
NEW ERA ENERGY is pleased offer a full irrigation and pumping product portfolio from industry leading manufacturers and innovators including TORO Agricultural Micro and Drip Irrigation Solutions as well as Lorentz and Grundfos Surface and Submersible Pump Systems.