Driptech has launched retail sales of their low-cost drip irrigation systems in India.

Driptech is an award- winning US-based company that designs and manufactures low-cost, high quality drip irrigation systems for smallfarmers in Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Tamil Nadu.

Retail sales

The company is launching retail sales of their low-cost drip irrigation systems through dealer network of Godrej Agrovet in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Sales commenced last month in Hubli, and are beginning this month in Nasik, Aurangabad, and Sangli.

Driptech micro-irrigation systems provide highly uniform water application even with low pressure (such as provided by an elevated tank).

Increasing yields

After switching from flood irrigation, yields typically increase 30 per cent and water usage declines 60 per cent.

Additional benefits include less labour, less fertilizer requirement, and higher crop quality. The simplicity of the design reduces costs to less than half of that of commercial drip irrigation, makes clogging rare, and allows system installation by any local plumber.

Farmers can recoup the price of the system in as little as six months, with significant increases in income over the next three years, the lifespan of the product.

Distribution network

The CEO of Driptech, Peter Frykman, said: “We are very pleased to reach smallholder farmers in Maharashtra and Karnataka through the distribution network of Godrej Agrovet.

Mr. Balram Yadav, Managing Director of Godrej Agrovet, noted: “Drip irrigation is central to improving food security, protecting water resources, and increasing the prosperity of India's farmers.”

Executive Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at Godrej Mr. Mark Kahn added: “Driptech micro-irrigation systems address a segment of farmers in India that is largely underserved.

It makes quality affordable systems available to smallholder farmers. The clogging is almost nonexistent, which is a major improvement over existing systems.” For more details readers can log on to www.driptech.com

Keywords: agriculture