Driptech Micro-Irrigation Kit
The Driptech Micro-Irrigation Kit or Instakit, is a one-acre drip irrigation kit with pre-assembled components packed in a box with a pictorial installation manual intended for small-plot farmers. Driptech claims that the system delivers uniform water flow using accurate, laser hole-punched tubing.
India, China and Tanzania.
$20-$250 depending on farm size
Goal 2: improve food security by increasing amount of water and efficiency to irrigate crops.
Driptech is focused on the Indian market of farmers, who own 1 acre of land or less.
The Driptech Instakit includes drip tape, takeoff valves, rubber grommets, a filter, and a hand drill tool. Additional materials necessary include PVC pipe (40, 50 or 63mm diameters), PVC fittings, and connection to a water pump for water tank.
The system is comprised of a head unit that is connected to the water source and the sub-unit, which is the water transport system. The lateral rolls are the ‘at-the-plant’ water distributors. The head unit controls pressure as well as filtration. The Driptech system uses a mesh-type screen filter, which allows farmers to clean it by flushing it with water. The sub-unit delivers water to the drip tape lateral rolls.
Driptech staff and local dealers provide the technical support.
Driptech’s system can be scaled up or down depending on the size of the field, thus giving it a technological advantage over both capital intensive commercial drip irrigation and water intensive flood irrigation. Visible uniformity of water application. Works well with low pressure water, including gravity fed from a tank. Easy to install and maintain.
Tested at UC Davis D-Lab.
Elevated water tank. Such a basic barrel of water placed on a stool.
Design for Micro-Enterprise: An approach to product design for emerging markets Jesse Austin-Breneman et.al. Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE 2013 August 4-7, 2013, Portland, OR, USA
None indicated. Applicable performance standards are unknown.
Driptech met rigorous social and environmental performance standards, which verify creation of economic opportunity, contribution to strong communities and preservation of a healthy environment. B Corp standards cited by the manufacturer.
Driptech is a certified B Corporation (2010)
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