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Cutting and joining of waste plastic bottles during the construction of the GRP system

 

A team of senior researchers led by Prof. Julius Huho of Garissa University and Dr. Silke Stöber of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany (HUB) have embarked on a research on low cost irrigation system suitable for semi-arid areas. Funded by HUB, a project dubbed the Green River Principle (GRP) project was implemented in September 2018 at Garissa University. The GRP is an innovative low-tech and low-cost subsurface irrigation system that uses joined waste plastic bottles as the irrigation pipes. The pipes are wrapped with plastic foil and/or agro-nets to control the flow of water. The system is easy to construct, affordable and accessible to small-scale and subsistence farmers with low investment capacity. Once established, the system has a life span of about 5 years. Being a subterranean irrigation system, it uses minimal amounts of water due to reduced rate of evaporation. Even with the hot and dry climate of Garissa it was possible to grow Amaranths and African Nightshade (both African indigenous vegetables) with minimal amount of water. The project is its second phase

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Construction of the GRP subterranean irrigation system

Amaranth and African nightshade growing under the GRP irrigation system at Garissa University

 


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