What is irrigation

Irrigation refers to any means that is employed to bring water to land or plants. It is practiced in both agriculture and horticulture, when natural rainfall is not sufficient to create desired soil conditions or to cater for the needs of cultivated plants or trees.

Irrigation Methods

  1. The simplest and also most primitive form of irrigation is hand watering. Water is poured over a plant using a bucket or watering can.
  2. Sprinkler irrigation systems sprinkels water through the air like raindrops. It can be mobile or permanently installed.
  3. Water is emitted through drip irrigation systems as small drips or steams. The water flow is so slow that this method can be applied to all soil types.
  4. Underground, subsurface or subsoil irrigation systems can deliver water right to a plants roots.

Did you know?

Irrigation has its roots in the Nile River. Ancient Egyptians diverted water from the Flooding Nile to their fields for up to sixty days.

The first lawn sprinkler US patent was registered to J. Lessler of Buffalo, New York in 1871, which was activated with the help of gardening hose

An estimated 520 gigalitres (GL) of water ( that’s one thousand million litres of water !) is used annually for irrigation in Western Australia.


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