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Complete Guide on Drip Irrigation System

Reducing and uncertain rainfall, water scarcity, and increasing food demand are concerns with which Indian farmers remain perpetually confronted. Amid the situation, farmers need an irrigation system, which, while helping them save water, ensures a precise supply of water and nutrients to the crop root zone. Drip irrigation serves the purpose. It proves advantageous in various ways. Some of them include the following.

  • Increased water efficiency by up to 90 percent
  • Increased crop yield
  • Better crop growth uniformity
  • Enhanced crop quality
  • Bringing a more extensive land spread under cultivation
  • Reduced wastage of water and nutrients
  • Lesser loss of water as evaporation is minimized
  • Reduced pest, disease attacks and weed growth
  • A greater extent of customization based on crop and soil needs
  • Minimized weed growth around the plants as water is supplied to the roots
  • Considerable labor and related cost -savings
  • Peace of mind

If you are a farmer looking to install a drip irrigation system, reading this blog can help. It serves as a guide to drip irrigation that discusses various aspects like the components involved in it, installing a drip irrigation system, maintaining it, and whom to connect with for custom, efficient and sustainable drip irrigation systems.

Steps Involved in Drip Irrigation System Installation

  1. Conduct a proper survey of the field to know the area
  2. Collect the required data like crop, row spacing, row direction, water source details from the farmer
  3. Design the system based on the survey and the data collected
  4. Prepare the BOM as per the design
  5. Next step is supplying the material
  6. Perform trench marking and cutting as per design for laying of PVC pipes
  7. Install the Drip system from the pump to end cap
  8. Conduct testing and commissioning of the system
  9. Backfill the trenches if no leakages or problems are found during testing
  10. Deliver operation and maintenance training to the farmer
  11. Hand over the system to the farmer

How to Maintain a Drip Irrigation System

Drip irrigation is not devoid of maintenance. You must periodically check the below factors to maintain the efficiency of your drip system.

  • Check the pressure at HCU on daily basis
  • Clean the filters by cleaning its elements on alternate days or once a week, based on the water quality
  • Flush out the main, submain, lateral & dripper line by opening the flush valves once a week
  • Check the pressure at the end of the lateral on monthly basis
  • After harvesting, perform the Acid/Chlorine Treatment

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