Drip Irrigation system and its benefits

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Drip irrigation is a form of micro-irrigation that has the potential to save lots of water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either from the soil surface or buried below the surface. The goal is to position water directly into the basis zone and minimize evaporation. Drip irrigation systems distribute water through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. Depending on however neat, installed, maintained, and operated it is, a drip irrigation system is more economical than different kinds of irrigation systems, like surface irrigation or mechanical device irrigation.

In drip irrigation systems, pump and valves is also manually or mechanically operated by a controller.

Most massive drip irrigation systems use some style of filter to forestall prevent clogging of the small emitter flow path by small waterborne particles. New technologies are currently being offered that minimize clogging. Some residential systems are put in without extra filters, since potable water is already filtered at the water treatment plant. Just about all drip irrigation equipment makers advocate that filters use and usually won’t honor warranties unless this is often done. Last line filters simply before the ultimate delivery pipe are powerfully counseled additionally to the other filtration system thanks to fine particle settlement and accidental insertion of particles within the intermediate lines.

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Drip and subsurface drip irrigation is used  solely once mistreatment recycled municipal waste water. Rules usually don’t allow spraying water through the air that has not been absolutely treated to potable water standards.

Because of the means the water is applied during a drip system, ancient surface applications of timed-release fertiliser are typically ineffective, thus drip systems usually combine liquid fertiliser with the irrigation water. This is often referred to as fertigation; fertigation and chemigation (application of pesticides and different chemicals to periodically clean out the system, like halogen or sulphuric acid) use chemical injectors like diaphragm pumps, piston pumps, or aspirators. The chemicals is also added perpetually whenever the system is irrigating or at intervals. Fertiliser savings of up to ninety five percent are  being rumored from recent university field tests mistreatment drip fertigation and slow water delivery as compared to timed-release and irrigation by small spray heads.

Properly designed, installed, and managed, drip irrigation could facilitate succeed conservation by reducing evaporation and deep voidance compared to different kinds of irrigation like flood or overhead sprinklers since water may be additional exactly applied to the plant roots. additionally, drip will eliminate several diseases that are unfold through water contact with the foliage. Finally, in regions wherever water supplies are severely restricted, there is also no actual water savings, however rather merely a rise in production whereas mistreatment identical quantity of water as before. In terribly arid regions or on sandy soils, the popular methodology is to use the irrigation water as slowly as possible.

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Advantages of Drip Irrigation

The advantages of drip irrigation are:

  • chemical and nutrient loss is reduced owing to localized application and reduced leach.
  • Water application potency is high if managed properly.
  • Field levelling isn’t necessary. Fields with irregular shapes are simply accommodated.
  • Recycled non-potable water are often safely used.
  • Soil type plays less significant role in frequency of irrigation.
  • Soil erosion is lessened.
  • Weed growth is lessened.
  • Water distribution is very uniform, controlled by output of every nozzle.
  • Labour value is a smaller amount than alternative irrigation strategies.
  • Variation in supply are often regulated by regulation of valves and drippers.
  • Fertigation will simply be enclosed with negligible waste of fertilizers.
  • Foliage remains dry, reducing the danger of malady.
  • Sometimes operated at lower pressure than alternative kinds of controlled irrigation, reducing energy prices.

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TANGERINES SEEDLINGS

<span data-recalc-dims=TANGERINES SEEDLINGS" > Tangerines grow well in areas that don’t have harsh winters and will produce an abundance of flavorful fruit every year with just a little bit of help. The fruit often ripens in the winter or early spring, making tangerines a popular winter snack and a traditional Christmas favorite in many homes. While a single tree can produce fruit on its own, planting more than one tangerine cultivar in an area can increase the yield of tangerines on all the trees.
Tangerines are relatively cold-tolerant, making them easier to grow than oranges, grapefruits and other types of citrus. Some varieties, such as the Citrus reticulata "Dancy," are heat-tolerant and do best when summers are hot, but other types, including the Citrus reticulata "Sunburst," do best when summers are on the cool side.
Citrus species can thrive in a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. Citrus is grown from sea level up to an altitude of 2100 m but for optimal growth a temperature range from 2° to 30° C is ideal. Long periods below 0°C are injurious to the trees and at -13° C growth diminishes. However, individual species and varieties decrease in susceptibility to low temperatures in the following sequence: grapefruit, sweet orange, mandarin, lemon/lime and trifoliate orange as most hardy.
Temperature plays an important role in the production of high quality fruit. Typical coloring of fruit takes place if night temperatures are about 14° C coupled with low humidity during ripening time. Exposure to strong winds and temperatures above 38° C may cause fruit drop, scarring and scorching of fruits. In the tropics, the high lands provide the best night weather for orange color and flavor.

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<span data-recalc-dims=MACADAMIA SEEDLINGS" > Macadamia is a beautiful tree, very forgiving; resilient to all weather, accommodative for old
people; they don’t need to work so hard nor climb to pick the nuts but wait for them to fall. The macadamia nut tree is indigenous to Australia but introduced in Kenya in 1945 to 1948. In Kenya, it grows roughly in the same climate suitable for growing coffee.
The grafted seedling takes 3-4 months to be ready for planting out in the farm. Seedlings are planting out in the field at a spacing of 9m x 9m or 10 m x 10 m or more if the trees are
intercropped with coffee or any other crop e.g. maize; however, if they are being planted as pure orchard, the spacing should be 4m x 10 m or 5 m x 10 m.
Kenya is sitting on a gold mine that if properly utilized would reap huge benefits for the country.
For many years, tea and coffee farming has been the major source of income for thousands of
farmers, however they are now changing tides and switching to macadamia nut farming.
Macadamia has become a lucrative produce all over sudden with a kilo of the nuts selling for
more than a hundred and a grafted seedling price shooting up from 300 to 500 Kenya Shillings.
Between1986 to 2002 the price ranged between 7 to 23 Shillings per kg., and in 2005 it averaged
80 Shillings per Kg.
The Kenya macadamia nut industry is currently made of approximately 900,000 trees of varying ages from one year to 20 years, grown by over 100,000 small scale farmers with an average of 6 -12 trees per grower. Annual production is about 4,000 metric tons of nuts-in-shell. These produce about 800 metric tons of marketable kernels, making the main commercial product. Other by products such as oil, are minimal. Producers get from nuts-in-shell Shillings 92 million per year.
Kenya is the third largest macadamia producer and the second largest exporter of macadamias. Many Kenyan farmers are integrating macadamia trees into their coffee and tea plantations. They view macadamia output as insurance against the uncertainties of weather which affect coffee and tea.

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<span data-recalc-dims=GRAFTED PURPLE PASSION SEEDLINGS" > Passion fruit is a climbing plant of the Passifloraceae family. It is the size of an egg and is yellow or purple. Purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) is subtropical, important in some countries, while the more tropical yellow passion fruit excels in others. Both yield delicious juice. The passion fruit vine is a shallow-rooted, woody, perennial, and climbing by means of tendrils. The alternate, evergreen leaves, deeply 3-lobed when mature, are finely toothed, 3 to 8 in (7.5-20 cm) long, deep green and glossy above, paler and dull beneath, and the fruit is purple in color when mature. Commercial farming of purple passion fruit begun in Kenya in 1933 and was expanded in 1960, when the crop was also introduced into Uganda for commercial production. In both countries, the large plantations were devastated several times by easily-spread diseases and pests. The purple passion fruit (passiflora edulis) is the most commonly grown passion for commercial purpose in Kenya. It is mainly grown for fresh and juice extraction.
Passion fruit grows in warm to cool climates within altitude ranging from 1200-2000m. above sea level and minimum rainfall of 900mm per annum. The most suitable soil is medium texture (loamy), which are deep and well drained, with PH ranging from 5.5-7.5.

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