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DESIGN OF DRIP IRRIGATION SET FOR SMALL VEGETABLE GARDENS

Keywords: drip irrigation , lateral line and emitters , drip irrigation set , main line

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The need for an affordable small scale irrigation system in most small gardens in Nigeria today is on increase and as a result an attempt has been made to design a drip irrigation set for small vegetable gardens. The drip irrigation set dimensionally consists of a main line diameter of 12.7 mm, three lateral lines of diameter 19.05 mm and emitters of diameter 1.5 mm spaced 60 cm along the lateral lines. The emitters discharge rate was found to be 2.12 litres / hour and this will hopefully complete one irrigation of the area (5 m x 10 m) designed for 4 hours at peak consumptive use periods, employing two shifts of the three laterals.

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