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There is a lot of green on the outskirts of Mudalapuram. The landscape is barren; desert, depending on where you look. The orchard Muthylappa, with eggplant, tomatoes and beans, is the exception. Plants grow strong and soil retains moisture like I just rain. Three months ago installed a drip irrigation system with the support of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation (VFF). Muthylappa now gets maximize water use and does not waste a drop. "No drip my garden would look like that," he says. He notes a wasteland where nothing grows.
Anantapur district, where the Foundation began working 45 years ago, is the second driest India after Rajasthan desert. There are still three months for the arrival of the monsoons and worst summer is yet to come. The thermometer reads 40 degrees Celsius. Muthylappa one of the few gardens that are green at this time.
Every year it rains less, so the use of water is vital. The Foundation began as a bet on the drip irrigation method in 2005. Muthylappa is one of the over 10,000 people who participated in the program since. His garden is surrounded by dozens of holes that were well above. Some never worked and other dried excavate shortly due to the high water usage involving traditional irrigation, flood. Now Muthylappa is enough with two. A pump draws water, over forty feet deep, and a network of leaky cable distributes it among the plants of the garden.
Although installation is expensive, the benefits of drip irrigation are many. Beeralingappa worker Sector Ecology FVF, lists them: "The cultivable area increases due to increased water use. Moreover, it goes directly to the plant and no channels which prevents the transmission of diseases from plant to plant form. The drip irrigation infrastructure also allows you to manage fertilizers through the water instead of spreading them manually, so that the weeds and pull them work are avoided ".
Drip irrigation optimizes the use of water but also soil. While other irrigation methods are only suitable for flat terrain, dripping water can lead to uneven floors. This is helpful for farmers in Anantapur district.
According to a UN report, the developing countries must produce in 2050 twice via food agriculture. In these countries, nine out of ten liters of water is used to irrigate crops. UN warns: "To produce one calorie of food a liter of water is needed. Poor water use may involve spending 100 liters to produce one calorie. "
The Foundation not only provides material for farmers to install drip irrigation system. It also conducts awareness workshops, necessary for accessing these test and be prepared to do the maintenance of the facility. Muthylappa recalls that when the FVF put him in touch with another farmer who drip irrigation gave good results was convinced.
"Farmers have little land. They think they need now, not in the future. And drip irrigation takes time. So they need to meet people who have worked for them, "says Rama, one of the workers of the Foundation.