A simple pump operated by a motorcycle is the latest innovation for farmers wanting to do irrigation. This is due to its profitability using a liter of gasoline to push 40,000 liters of water to a height of 50 meters.
This is the consequence of the extremely energy-intensive pumps that are beyond the reach of most smallholders.
The inventors of the motorcycle found that there are more than 1.5 million motorcycles in East Africa, usually operating as taxis carrying passengers and goods especially in rough terrain and they said why not use These motorcycles that exist in large quantities and at low costs.
The pump is good news for thousands of small farmers who are struck by the vagaries of the weather but still can not afford irrigation technologies because of the cost factor. The pump costs $ 98 with an extra $ 49 to buy the pipes.
The pump requires a liter of gasoline to push 40,000 liters of water to a height of 50 meters. With a fast flow, the pump can be installed on the motorcycle to function as a sprinkler. It can also be used to draw water from a well to put it in a tank for drip irrigation.
The pump is becoming a favorite among households because of its multiple uses. While it is mainly intended for the spraying of crops and livestock, it is increasingly useful in domestic use as in carpet cleaning. A more economical use of fuel compared to conventional diesel pumps, low maintenance costs and low labor requirements make it suitable for smallholder farmers.
“Anyone who has tried this new form of irrigation knows the importance of this new pump. There are cases where we farmers have been forced to draw water from wells or rivers, a very difficult process.
The cost of diesel for other advanced pumps is out of reach for most of us farmers. We diversify into horticulture because there is a lot of money on it, but the demand for water for these crops is so high. That’s why such innovation is very practical, “said Agatha Wambito, a horticultural farmer of smallholders in Kieni Nyeri.
The AQ report by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) identifies small-scale irrigation as the key to nearly three-fold yields in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the report, water and food security: supporting farmer-centered investments in agricultural water management, expanding the use of water management techniques could increase yields 300% in some cases, and to add hundreds of billions of shillings of income to households in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Low-cost water pumps and new ways of feeding them are changing to facilitate agriculture throughout Africa and Asia.” Even using simple tools for drilling wells and capturing water- Rainfall, many smallholders can now grow more plants in the dry season, so strategic public investment is needed in these cost-effective initiatives to help small farmers get out of poverty. “
A bit of technique on the 2 existing versions
There are currently 2 versions of which the comparison
Here is the technical sheet
? Range of Application:
1. Agricultural irrigation, nursery and vegetable garden;
2. Spray agricultural pesticide or fertilizer at farm or orchard;
3. Water pump at the inconvenient places;
4. Fire pump for convenient transportation;
? Applicable Motorcycles:
1. All men’s two-wheeled motorcycles;
2. Motor tricycle;
3. Micro cultivator;
An explanation in English of the technology
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Source: African youth and its diaspora