Frequently Asked Questions

What is the relationship between the size of the drip kit tank and the size of the farm/garden?

A 20-litre bucket kit can irrigate land of 15–20 metres squared; a 50-litre jerrican kit can irrigate land of 30–40 metres squared; a 100-litre jerrican kit can irrigate land of 80–120 metres squared; and a 230-litre jerrican kit can irrigate land of 200–300 metres squared...

What vegetables can you grow under drip irrigation?

Vegetable crops and fruit trees can be grown under drip irrigation. However, high value horticulture and vegetables (e.g. cabbages, tomatoes, sweet potato) that take a short time to mature are best suited for the system as this optimises on productivity. Crops such as cereals, e.g. maize, are not advisable because they have high crop water requirements and hence may not [&hellip...

What capacity of storage tank is required for a house?

The size of the storage tank primarily depends on the area of the roof catchment available; the amount of rainfall received in the area; and family size of the house. Duration of drought periods can also help in optimizing the tank size to serve during the entire period. Contact GHARP/KRA for further information...

What is the difference between a fish pond and a farm pond?

Fish ponds are too shallow to allow for oxygen circulation. They are not covered to allow for light penetration, and preferably have some form of water circulation. Farm ponds are much deeper and do not have light penetration or water circulation. Fish ponds are designed so that fish can receive enough oxygen to live, whereas farm ponds are designed for [&hellip...

Q: How do I protect groundwater from contamination?

A: Covering (overlapping and tight fitting cover) the source minimises chances of entry of pollutants. Location of the water source should be at least 100 feet away from a potential pollution source. Installation of a sanitary seal further prevents contamination of the water...

Q: Can I drink rainwater from my farm pond? Is it safe?

A: No, water from your farm pond may not be safe to drink due to possible groundwater contamination. GHARP/KRA advises farm ponds to be used for micro-irrigation purposes. However, if you do need to drink it, then to be safe it is better to filter and then boil or treat your water using solar disinfection (SODIS)...

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