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5 ways you can harvest rainwater for use in fruit farming.

As a farmer, you need water to grow fruits and achieve the optimum performance of the trees. Rainwater is the most common source of irrigation for fruit trees, and harvesting it is an excellent way to cut costs for your fruit farming project. It’s an effective way to ensure a steady water supply for your trees. With the increasing effects of climate change, you need to devise innovative ways to use scarce resources to maximize fruit production. Rainwater allows you to keep your trees lush and green and enhances your agroforestry goals.

Harvesting rainwater from the roofs, trenches, and surfaces goes beyond placing containers under the gutters.

Here are five tips to help you get the most out of this practice:

Hire a professional to install your efficient water storage and irrigation system. This can save you time and resources in the long run since you will be working with an experienced team. They will ensure that you use the right equipment and set up your system correctly.

Find a site with good drainage if possible. Fruit trees need well-drained soil, so you’ll have to factor this into your planning. The site selected should be conducive for fruit production and close to your water storage area.

Diverting water from rooftops

Diverting rainwater from rooftops and other surfaces is one of the simplest ways to harvest rainwater for fruit farming. It involves using gutters and other tools to divert water to the desired storage area. You can do this using water pipes or directing the water to a pond or dam. However, you need to filter out debris to keep the water clean and contamination-free.

Collecting rainfall water

You can build a simple rainwater collection system on your property by installing downspouts from your gutters into storage tanks. The storage tanks should be large enough to store large water volumes for irrigation use during the dry season. Although some trees are drought-tolerant, they need to be watered regularly for optimum growth. Your storage area should be large enough to store enough water to inclement weather and seasonal droughts.

As a farmer, you can store water in:

  • Ponds
  • Large water storage tanks
  • Cisterns
  • Dams

Conserve the water

With unpredictable rainfall patterns and weather conditions, farmers need to use efficient water delivery systems to conserve the harvested water. Drip irrigation systems are highly efficient and deliver small amounts of water directly to the plant’s base at regular intervals. Compared to conventional sprinkler irrigation, drip systems reduce water use by more than 30 percent. They deliver water through a complex network of emitters and lines and are easy to install and maintain. Besides, they can be automated to enhance your irrigation efforts.

Maintaining a steady water supply is an integral part of fruit farming. The fruit tree needs it to grow. The farmer needs the water for irrigation. Take advantage of the rains and store enough water for use during the dry season. Whether you are an established farmer or a new one, water harvesting is a strategy that will work for you. Try it out this rainy season.

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Water Conservationist

In Kenya and other parts of the world, water has seemed like an unlimited resource. As populations grow, however, society needs more water to meet basic needs. Many communities are facing water shortages. Fortunately, there is an excellent short-term solution: using water efficiently. Water conservation specialists are experts in the efficient use of water who can make significant contributions to protecting our planet. They:

  • calculate possible water savings of large conservation programs;
  • recommend ways business, agriculture, and consumers can save water;
  • administer programs for community groups that want to participate in conservation projects, such as a low-flush toilet exchange;
  • help forecast short-term and long-term water supply and demand;
  • participate in creating and promoting water conservation regulations;
  • collect, interpret, and analyze water use data to see if the water agency is meeting conservation goals; and
  • recommend new water-saving equipment.

Severe drought has adversely affected water resources, especially in the arid and semi-arid areas of the Kenya. This has led to reduced river recharge systems, causing severe water scarcity amidst the ever-increasing demand.

I am not sure there is any living creature that does not feel the twinge of water scarcity, ranging from that snake whose thirst has led it out of the bush into someone’s hut to urban dwellers, who have to adhere to water and power rationing schedules.

Besides farmers, who have lost a good fraction of their expected bumper harvests, the most affected are pastoralists who have resorted to slaughtering their emaciated animals before they die. I won’t even mention the game reserve invasions pastoralists are resorting to in order to save their treasured possessions.

Therefore, if you are one and would like to partner with us, don’t hesitate to contact us.