Large-scale farmers use water pumps to irrigate their crops as this is an easier and less tiring way of watering the crops. There are many different types of pumps in the market today, with their other uses depending on the farmer’s preference. Irrigation pumps pump water from lower to higher sea levels and allow the water to flow to the fields.
Before a farmer chooses an irrigation pump, they look at various features that make it suitable for his intended uses.
Type of soil
It is one factor that does not only affect the method of irrigation to be used but also the type of pumps to be used. Sandy soils cannot hold water or have higher drainage and a lower infiltration rate, so they need frequent water flow. In that case, a sprinkler or drip irrigation is best.
Unlike sandy soils, clay soils have a high capillarity, thus holding water for longer. With clay soils using rotary heads with low precipitation is best. Knowing the type of soil on your customers’ farms will help you choose the best equipment for sale, knowing that you have a ready market.
Hilly or sloppy areas could be tricky when choosing an appropriate water pump for irrigation. Drip irrigation works well on the land in contours, but for land with rugged terrain, a single-phase water pump could be ideal, or any other pump that can pump water to a height of 300feet.
Local Weather Patterns
Another factor to consider when choosing irrigation water pumps for sale in Kenya. For instance, sprinklers could be less valuable in arid areas due to the excessive evaporation from low humidity. They are not also that effective in areas with high winds. In such places, drip irrigation is a great choice.
Types of crops grown
Some crops are profitable, so using high-investment irrigation equipment is not a big deal. Examples of such crops are vegetables, small fruits, and orchid crops. These crops have a high market value, unlike crops such as wheat and soybeans; thus, large equipment could be expensive.
Filtration is a factor that is required in all origination systems. Why is that? It is because filters extend the life and reduce the maintenance of the sprinklers. Overhead systems rarely require filtration, on the other hand.
Testing for waterborne pathogens in the irrigation water is essential. Different crops grown and other irrigation methods may require chlorine to be injected into the irrigation water. Different soluble minerals in the water, such as iron and magnesium, could also be of concern when looking at water quality.
It is because some minerals may clog the heads of the sprinklers preventing adequate irrigation. Finding suitable water pumps for these types of water is so crucial that the maintenance cost is reduced.
As a water pump dealer, having all these features in mind before selling irrigation equipment is a plus for your business since farmers always choose what is only best for their crops.