How much does it cost to install drip irrigation per acre?
A lot of farmers and would be farmers often ask the question, how much does it cost to install drip irrigation kit per acre. The cost to install a drip irrigation system or kit per acre varies. In Nigeria, it can be as low as N100,000 and it can be as high as N1 million or even more.
The cost of installing a drip irrigation system per acre is dependent on a lot of factors. These factors play a significant role in the pricing of drip irrigation systems.
Factors determining the cost of installing a drip irrigation system per acre
The quality of the drip irrigation kit components
A farmer once visited our office and he told us he bought a complete drip irrigation system for his one acre farm for N75,000. He boasted about how cheap the drip irrigation kit was as at the time he bought it. Few weeks after he visited our office, he came back to us to tell us that the drip irrigation tapes got bad after 3 months of installation. He obviously bought a sub-standard system; the ridiculously cheap price of the drip tapes deceived him into buying a poor quality product.
Being too price sensitive and shopping for very cheap drip irrigation systems can make you buy poor products. You will waste your funds as you are likely to buy another drip tape later.
One of the top failure factors of farming in Nigeria is people shopping around for very cheap agro-inputs. They believe that buying cheap products will increase their profits. At the end of the day, they get low yields because of the poor quality agro-inputs they used.
Never be pennywise and pound foolish.
The type of crop you are cultivating
The type of crop you are growing can determine the cost of installing a drip irrigation system on your farmland. Some crops need just few drip laterals while some crops may need a lot of drip laterals or tapes.
Crops like onions and carrots will need a lot of drip laterals because they are tightly spaced while crops like watermelon, cocoa and oil palm may need just few laterals.
The type of drip components
A typical drip irrigation system comprises of components like drip tapes or tubes, sub mains, venturi injector, connectors, grommets, take-offs etc.
A drip irrigation system consisting of only drip tubes will be expensive than that with drip tapes. The thickness of the drip tapes can also add to the cost of a drip irrigation system per care or farmland.
Country of production
Drip irrigation systems manufactured in the developed countries like the US, UK and Netherland are always more expensive than those manufactured in Asian countries like China and India. Never make the mistake of thinking that Asian products are sub-standard. Some Asian products are much better than their American or European counterparts.
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