How does bamboo drip irrigation work?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 3rd, 2022

Perennial springs on the hilltops are gravity-fed to the lower regions via bamboo pipelines. The bamboo channel parts direct water to the plant, where it is distributed among the branches.

  • Water flowing into the pipes can be managed by adjusting the pipe placements.
  • The final stage of water application involves using reduced channel sections and diversion devices.
  • Water can be dispensed close to the plant's roots thanks to the last channel segment.

Bamboo Drip Irrigation System

  • The area has a mountainous topography with steep slopes and rock boulders.
  • These hills have shallow soil with a low capacity to retain water.
  • Irrigation is required throughout the dry season, even though the region receives enough rain during the monsoon season.
  • The terrain makes it difficult to transport water to the plants from far-off water sources, and it is impossible to divert water through underground canals.
  • Due to the terrain's difficulties and the requirement for water, the tribal farmers developed this unique irrigation system.
  • The system can be built for very little money.
  • Bamboo is widely accessible in this area.
  • In most cases, the farmer himself installs the system on his plantation with a bit of assistance from one or two laborers.
  • Each installation lasts roughly 2-3 years because of the region's frequent heavy rain.
  • The undergrowth is removed, and reinforcements are given after the rainy season.
  • When old bamboo is left to decompose, the humus eventually returns to the soil.


How does bamboo drip irrigation work?

The working of bamboo drip irrigation uses bamboo pipelines which carry perennial springs from the hilltops down to the lower areas through gravity. Water is distributed among the plant branches by the bamboo channel sections, and water flow into the pipes can be controlled by altering the pipe positions.


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