Drip Irrigation System: A Climate-resilient Technology for Small-scale Farmers

“Wala kaming pagkakakitaan tuwing tagtuyot. Merong tubig, pero hindi sapat para sa aming mga pananim (We don’t have a source of income during dry season. We have sources of water, but it is not enough for our farm),” said Carmelita Racuya of Doña Josefa, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

She stressed that it is a good thing that they were introduced to the drip irrigation system, which is a big help for them, especially the small-scale farmers. With this, hopefully they will have a source of water especially during dry seasons.

The said technology was introduced during the Training on Irrigation Techniques for Small-Scale Farmers (Climate Change Resiliency), which was held on April 24-26, 2019 in Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center III, Satellite Center in Brgy. Singalat, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

The drip irrigation system is a viable option to address not only climate change, but also food sufficiency and livelihood especially for the small-scale farmers. Low-cost materials that are locally available in the farm and in the market would help farmers increase productivity during dry seasons.

Gerald Manzano, Local Farmer Technician of Umiray, Dingalan, Aurora, quipped that farming is made easier today, as well as the application of fertilizer, because it is incorporated with the drip irrigation. “Malaki ang gastos ko sa labor sa pagdidilig at pagpapataba. Kapag drip ang gamit, hindi mo na problema ngayon ang mga iyon. (I spend a large sum of money on the labor for the application of fertilizer and watering of crops. However, when you use the drip irrigation, these won’t be a problem),” he added.

Another participant, Mr. Jose Lulu of Santolan, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, acknowledged the advantage of drip irrigation system. With this, he quipped that his income will increase in the next year. He said, “Pwede ko nang itaon ang pamumulaklak ng kalamansi ko sa kamahalan ng presyo. Sa susunod na taon, mas malaki ang kikitain ko.”

Mr. Ernesto Perlas, Sr. from Aulo, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, was also convinced of the said technology. He even said that he will adapt the drip irrigation system in his farm. He expressed, “Buti naisipan ninyo magbigay ng ganitong training. Gagawin ko ito sa bukid namin. Kapag nakita ito ng mga dumadaan sa Learning Site namin, gagayahin nila ito. (It is a good thing that this training was conceptualized. I will do the drip irrigation system in my farm. If people will see this in our learning site, for sure they will adopt it.)”

Scarcity of water, laborious watering and fertilizer application, expensive surface irrigation are among the factors that limit farmers’ productivity and income, and these are among the problems that the drip irrigation system addresses.

With its easy and simple installation, the participants of the training were convinced of adopting the technology. (MTSVillanueva)