What is drip irrigation?

Drip irrigation is the most efficient water and nutrient delivery system for growing crops. It delivers water and nutrients directly to the plant’s roots zone, in the right amounts, at the right time, so each plant gets exactly what it needs, when it needs it, to grow optimally. Thanks to drip, farmers can produce higher yields, with better consistency and quality, while saving on water, labour, fertilisers, energy and even crop protection products.

How does it work?

Water and nutrients are delivered across the field in pipes called ‘dripperlines’ or 'drip lines' featuring smaller units known as ‘drippers’. Each dripper emits uniform drops containing water and fertilizers, resulting in the uniform application of water and nutrients directly to each plant's root zone, across an entire field.

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Why do farmers prefer drip irrigation?

The reason is simple. Drip irrigation systems not only deliver greater ROI compared to other of irrigation methods, they also give farmers an efficient and simple way to operate their farms.

  • Higher, more consistent quality yields
  • Huge water savings: no evaporation, no run off, no waste
  • 100% land utilization - drip irrigates uniformly in any topography and soil type
  • Energy savings: drip systems work on low pressure
  • Efficient use of fertilizer and crop protection, with no leaching
  • Less dependency on weather, greater stability and lower risks
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Why do plants prefer drip systems?

Just like people, plants like to get their water and nutrients in a balanced way. Nobody wants to eat a month's worth of food in one day, and the same goes for plants. Which is why drip irrigation applies water and nutrients frequently and in small doses, ensuring optimal growing conditions that helps produce the highest yields possible.   

Here’s why plants are more productive with drip irrigation:

  • High availability of water and nutrients delivered exactly where the plant needs it
  • Doses of water and nutrients tailored to plant’s development needs
  • No saturation and good soil aeration
  • Avoids high salinity caused by excessive fertilizer application  
  • No wetting of foliage that can result in fungal diseases
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Why the world needs drip irrigation?

By 2050, there’ll be 10 billion people living on our planet, and 20% less arable land per person to grow enough calories. Include increasing water scarcity, and it’s clear why we need a way to increase agricultural productivity and resource efficiency. That’s where precision irrigation fits in. Drip systems as an irrigation method are changing the economics of global agriculture by allowing farmers to produce more calories per hectare and cubic meter of water.

Drip offers food security and allows the world to grow more crops with less inputs and less imapct on our precisou resources:

  • Reduce impact of drought and climate change on food production 
  • Avoid contamination of ground water and rivers caused by fertilizer leaching
  • Support rural communities, reduce poverty, reduce migration to cities
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