Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A visit from Peter and our first installations in farmers’ fields

Peter arrived this week and we’ve been busy checking out potential farmers and fields for the pilot study. At the end of this busy week, we’ve already installed irrigation at three sites. The first one is a small backyard kitchen garden in the town of Melur, where we’re using a small reservoir. The second is a field in Arsajul that will be planted in chilies; here we’ve used a double reservoir. The third and largest is one tenth of an acre, or 10 cents (centimes, or hundredths of an acre) in Indian English. Here, we’re running the irrigation directly from the diesel pump, with no reservoir. We’ve had great reactions from the farmers and their neighbors—several people have asked us when they’ll be able to buy our drip tape.

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