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National Irrigation Acceleration Platform (NIAP)

Cheaper ways to pump irrigation water

Farmer sets up a solar-powered water pump in his farm. . FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP




To farm profitably, one needs a reliable and affordable water supply for irrigation. This is because water plays a crucial role in determining whether one will harvest losses or profits.

The water must be able to reach the crops in a cost-effective and sustainable way for one to make a profit.

Most farmers use electric, petrol or diesel-powered pumps to move water from sources such as rivers and boreholes into a tank or onto the farm directly.

Most of the time, the cost of pumping water goes up due to the fluctuating price of electricity and petrol or diesel. read more