Water is a precious and limited resource. Water-efficient farming is a global priority, but inefficient flood irrigation which accounts for 85% of irrigated land, wastes 70% of water. Flood also causes increased soil degradation, fertilizer contamination and higher methane emissions.
Drip irrigation can solve most of these problems. It helps farmers get the most out of every drop by growing more crops using limited water supplies and it enables an average water saving of 50% and yield increase of up to 20-30%.
But conversion from flood to drip can be quite difficult due to lack of infrastructure, energy and water availability. Farmers need a holistic support system and a cost-effective technological solution that enables resilient farming communities. Netafim’s Low Energy drip System was developed to address these needs.
Irrigation by flooding is mainly based on using open canals as a water source. Netafim’s Low Energy drip System (LES) is a cost effective way to provide water for areas that have minimal access to energy and have the ability to integrate to this open canal grid. It enables farmers to enjoy the benefits of drip irrigation without incurring energy cost or establishing pressurized infrastructures.
Netafim offers two robust and efficient solutions to meet the needs of farmers worldwide:
LES BASIC (Low Energy drip System)
An all-in-one modular irrigation system, powered by gravity, that doesn't require any pumping or filters, and incurs no energy expenses.
LES ADVANCE (Low Energy drip System powered by solar)
An extended system with filtration and fertigation and boosting pump that is powered by solar energy.