New invented irrigation system saves time and labor force
Mr. Khim Nhean lives with his family (his wife Kep Soben, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and 4 children) at their home in Santrae commune in the Phnom Kravanh district of Pursat province. His family’s home vegetable growing has received support from LWD in the form of materials and training.
The family lives near a large canal that has water year-round. In August of 2017, LWD began assisting Mr. Nhean in installing a pump system, two concrete water storage tanks, and drip irrigation. The pump moves water from the canal into the two storage tanks, which then moves through a filter and into the drip irrigation lines.
The pump does not use any electricity and instead relies on water and air pressure. Mr. Kuoy Sokun, Cooperation for Women’s Economic Development Project Officer, thought of the idea.
After forming the initial idea, he did some online research and found a few videos of similar pump systems on YouTube. The videos were posted by some problem-solvers in Thailand, and gave him ideas on how to set up the pump system. With some hard work, a few creative fixes, and a bit of trial and error, the pump system was built and began to work!
Drip irrigation and consistent water throughout the year, combined with plastic covering on the rows of vegetables, allows the family to grow vegetables even when it is very rainy or very hot. The training LWD provided has helped Mr. Nhean improve his vegetable growing techniques as well.
Currently, the family uses the pump system exclusively for growing vegetables, but there are plans to expand its use to include growing rice as well.
Before it was installed, he and his family might spend 2 or 3 hours per day watering their crops and bringing their watering cans to and from the canal. Now, the same task can be accomplished in 3 to 5 minutes.
The drip irrigation system has resulted in increased quantity and quality of the vegetables being grown. The family can sell their cucumbers, long beans, bitter gourds and eggplants in their village or at the market in Kravanh. Mr. Nhean’s income has increased, and he is using the additional income to buy things like laundry detergent, toothbrushes, seasonings to cook with, and clothing for his children. Not only that, but he no longer has to spend long hours every day watering his crops. He says he is very happy about the water pump and irrigation system.