Drip Irrigation Initial Plan
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." (Matthew 25:35)
The south west part of Madagascar is semi arid. It is either "feast or famine" regarding the crops that are grown by the farmers. The goal is to teach the farmers how to use a drip irrigation system during the times of drought and crop failure. This system would allow them to raise enough food to feed their family during dry periods of time and also have some crop produce left over to sell at their local markets.
- The average farm in Madagascar is 1.3 hectares or 3 acres.
- The small size of a farm hampers mechanization and farming equipment.
- The farmer uses a small spade to turn the soil.
- The seeds used for planting are a poor quality.
- Water management is not good.
- As a result, the farmer produces barely enough to feed their family.
- Provide a reasonably priced drip irrigation system: a 5 gallon pail with approximately 100 feet of hose.
- Have educational events to train the farmers on how to use the drip irrigation kits.
- Establish educational training gardens at Ejeda Hospital and Manasoa Bible School to be used as teaching sites.
- The drip irrigation kit will be given to each farmer who completes the training sessions. Whether or not we will have the farmers pay for the second kit or a portion of the cost is yet to be determined. Most of this area is basically cash less economy. So we will have to wait and determine if they will pay a portion of the cost in cash and/or providing some food to the needy.
- Work with the community to over come cultural practices that question this way of producing enough food for the family.
- Sustainable funds for supplies to give the farmers in 2021: $5,000.00