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A Better Harvest Through Drip Irrigation
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A Better Harvest Through Drip Irrigation
Modern agricultural techniques tend to focus on helping farmers with large fields (and more money to spend), but an innovative, inexpensive drip irrigation system, developed with investment from the Acumen Fund, is helping smallholder farmers in India dramatically increase their crop yields.
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Segment 1

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Acumen Fund. Health, Housing, Water, Energy, Agriculture
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KB Drip Irrigation Systems
PRAHLAD LAXMAN GOREY [Farmer]
Look at these chili plants. They don't have any fruit on them. My neighbor's plants have started growing chilies, but my plants haven't even flowered yet. This is probably because of better irrigation on his farm. You can see the difference between these two crops even though they were planted right next to each other. Drip irrigation seems to increase flowering and improve yield.
MACHINDRA BHOJE [Farmer]
To see how drip has helped, you can look at these two chili crops planted side by side. Some of his plants have flowered, some have not; my plants, on the other hand, have ripe chilies on them. His plants don't have any on them. That's the benefit of drip.
INTERVIEWER
Did you get help installing it?
MACHINDRA BHOJE
I didn't ask anyone. I went to him. He had a piece of drip tape and showed me how to install it. I came home and, well, he said that if I paid him Rs 200 for labor, he would send someone to do the installation for me.
INTERVIEWER
You did it yourself?
MACHINDRA BHOJE
I said I can just do it myself. This year, I planted early and used drip. This year with bad rains, it's unlikely that anyone would have had a similarly good harvest without drip irrigation. It's thanks to drip that I have such a good harvest this year.
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