As water conservation becomes more critical, many farmers are moving to a drip system to irrigate crops. While the concept of drip systems has been around for thousands of years, scaling it up to a commercial application has been hindered by initial cost. Modern manufacturing of components has reduced cost and now the benefits outweigh the cost.
The ROOT of the DRIP SYSTEM ADVANTAGE
The biggest advantage is retaining water and having a direct impact on the root system. Sprayers and sprinklers cause some water loss to evaporation. With a proper system of pumps, backflow prevention devices, and pressure control valves you can apply irrigation, fertilizer, and nutrients locally to the crop and spend less on the labor costs that occur in classic irrigation systems.
INITIAL COSTS are GETTING REDUCED
The initial cost is still restraining the market’s full potential, but the growing trend is global.
AGRICULTURE, in GENERAL, is GROWING
Agriculture itself is also a factor in the growth of drip systems. As we mentioned in the previous post, food demand is driving agricultural growth in the next 5 years. Like a domino effect, higher populations create more food demand, greater need for agriculture, and more demand for water resulting in new innovations in agricultural irrigation.