Meeting the dry season challenges through drip irrigation

During the dry season it is very difficult to irrigate farms in North West Cameroon. Most farmers find it difficult irrigating their farms as water sources are far from their farms. They are forced to trek long distances to fetch water for their farms as in the following pictures:

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IMG_0699The assistance of community members is  often requested for farms to be properly watered.

At the start of 2016 SIRDEP with the assistance of Sharon Davis (Missionary working with Covenant World Relief) obtained drip kits that are used to irrigate farms with less labor. Once a kit is installed water drips directly under the crops and they stay fresh. The drip container is refilled once or twice a day, depending on its size and needs of the farm.

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Two farms were irrigated during the dry season that just ended around April and it is hoped that even more will be irrigated during the next dry season that begins in mid October, given that many farmers have been requesting for this system in their farms.

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

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