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Family Drip Systems

13 Nov 2014

Sustainable irrigation systems 

In a recent blog, we highlighted the importance of sustainable irrigation practices. Today we would like tell you why we place such importance on this matter and how we provide solutions to the challenges in this regard. Simply put, we believe that every single human being should have the security of the three basic resources that we refer to as the food-water-land nexus: 

Food Security
Availability and access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet the dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. 

Water Security
Access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and water for agriculture and food production, fuel and energy generation, and the maintenance of the natural ecosystem. 

Land Security
Availability and access to arable land to support agricultural requirements for food and energy production. 

Food land water

Literally hundreds of millions of families are struggling to survive on subsistence farming in developing countries across Africa, Asia and South America. The daily obstacles they have to face include: 

  • Uneven distribution of water and nutrients
  • Wasted water due to runoff and evaporation as well as intensive labour requirements.
  • Limited or inaccessible water supply
  • Varying water sources and quality
  • Inadequate electricity supplies that hamper pump operation
  • Insufficient funding 

A big solution for small-scale farming 

Recognising drip irrigation’s ability to help small-holders overcome traditional irrigation challenges, Netafim™ offers the Family Drip System(FDS). A unique, gravity-based drip irrigation system requiring no electricity or energy source, FDS™ has revolutionised small-scale family farming. 

Leveraging Netafim’s™ decades of industry-leading drip irrigation expertise, experience and best practices, FDS™ maximises high-quality yields with existing resources, enabling smallholders to increase productivity and achieve self-sufficiency. 

Suitable for plots of land ranging from 250m2 to 1,000m2, the do-it-yourself (DIY) FDSis utilised for a wide range of general open field and small greenhouse crops regardless of climate or season. Powered by gravity, FDS™ is also an environmentally-friendly solution that significantly lowers energy reliance and consumption. 

Designed for small-scale farming, it is easy and inexpensive to install, operate and maintain, and requires minimal-to-no infrastructure investment.

System Features

  • Effective for open field crops as well as small greenhouses
  • Suitable for plots of any shape and size, from 100 - 2 000 square metres
  • Designed for all types of crops and year-round application
  • Easily attaches to any water tank
  • No pump or electricity required for operation
  • Simple to install, operate and maintain
  • Applicable for a wide variety of water sources
  • Increases yields and quality
  • Affordable and cost efficient
  • Saves labour and eliminates the need for electricity/energy
  • Enhances the use of existing resources
  • Prevents water run-off, deep percolation, leaching and soil erosion
  • Maximizes water efficiency
  • Enables multi-seasonal application
  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • No special skills or previous experience necessary
  • Optional for large projects according to community needs
  • technical support and agronomic training 

Benefits 

  • Increases yields and quality
  • Affordable and cost efficient
  • Saves labour and eliminates the need for electricity/energy
  • Enhances the use of existing resources
  • Prevents water run-off, deep percolation, leaching and soil erosion
  • Maximizes water efficiency
  • Enables multi-seasonal application
  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • No special skills or previous experience necessary
  • Optional for large projects according to community needs
  • technical support and agronomic training

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