Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud has approved the drip irrigation technique to be used in Guyana. Addressing farmers at a seminar to instruct farmers on the new irrigation method, the Minister explained that it is a more cost effective method that requires less manpower.
The system was first introduced to Guyana in 2006 and to a few farming districts.
Drip-irrigation is the slow application of water to the soil through small openings on lines which are laid along the cultivation plot, and placed close to the plant.
This allows enough water to be supplied for the crop demands and moisture is maintained in root zones throughout the growing season.
The technique was fashioned accidentally in Israel where minimal rainfall and desert-like conditions exist.
Pointing out that drip-irrigation could “increase productivity, viability and competitiveness by reducing cost” the Minister noted that it could also ensure that product standards meet with international requirements.
He placed special emphasis on the Rupununi Savannahs where the technique would be especially welcome, considering that inadequate rainfall affects crops and prevents them from reaching their full potential.
The Agriculture Ministry has invested in 24 systems, of which there will be one system for each of Guyana’s 10 regions.
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