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Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation Systems
Price: 35,000 Kyat (US $36.00)
Total Number Sold: 8,138
Drip irrigation is the ultimate in farming technology. Used in large-scale commercial farms the world over, drip’s small plastic micro-tubes connect to a water source and deliver water directly to the root of the plant; eliminating costly run off and labor, reducing risk of disease, and dramatically increasing yields. However, the kits, and the motorized engine typically required to power them, come at a price few small plot Myanmar farmers can afford.
To make this world-class technology accessible to those who need it most, Proximity needed to find a new, cheap and reliable way to power it. And we did: Gravity. In 2006, we began the design and testing of gravity-fed sets in Myanmar. In hundreds of controlled and real life tests, we developed a system that maintains a high flow rate even from a water source elevated to just 3ft. Our newest designs are sold as complete sets, meaning that they can be installed straight from the packet, and a single set can irrigate up to 1/4 of an acre; reducing water usage by 50% and increasing yields 33% at the same time. At just $33.50 per system, drip irrigation offers a huge return on investment.
"I used to pray that summer would end sooner because hauling water was so exhausting. Now I've installed drip, summer can last as long as it likes."
"It’s going so well now with drip that we’re planning on getting another 500 plants. We can do it!"
Lap Pan Bu Village, Oat Sware VT
"I’m building an extension to the monastery and it’s cost about US $800. About 80% of that comes from the betel plot I grow using drip."
Lae Way Tsp
"Now I’ve got some free time thanks to drip, I’m going to use it to woo the girls."
"Watering with the sprinkler cans everyday, my life would be a short one. This entire burden was cut by drip. You can't measure that with money; it's invaluable."
"I dream of opening up my own boarding school for village students. I can dream of this because of the financial successes I've had using the pump and drip."