Updated on September 21, 2018

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Created on August 27, 2015

EOS International Drip Irrigation

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EOS International Drip Irrigation system affordable for smallholder farmers having one acre of land.

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Product Description

The EOS International drip irrigation system distributes water to a 50 m2 farm plot using materials available in rural Nicaragua. The system provides improvements to conventional drip irrigation systems in order to reduce cost while remaining reliable and robust.

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Manufacturing/Building Method

Parts are locally sourced and assembled.Interview with representative

Intellectural Property Type

Other

User Provision Model

EOS technicians are responsible for advertising, selling and installing the systems.

Distributions to Date Status

124 units have been distributed since 2015.Interview with representative

Design Specifications

The system is designed to distribute water to a 50 m 2 farm plot using local materials found in rural Nicaragua. The water reservoir is an 80 L / 20 gal water sack consisting of a garbage bag reinforced with a sack. Filtration takes the form of a cloth, such as a piece of old clothing, wrapped around a 2 L plastic bottle (cut in half). Technicians use a drill to manually create water holes throughout the drip tape hoses.

Technical Support

EOS technicians are responsible for advertising and installing the systems.

Replacement Components

The system is comprised of locally available components that are simple to replace.

Lifecycle

3-4 years depending on maintenance care.Interview with representative

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The EOS drip irrigation system increases crop productivity by efficiently distributing water to a 50 m2 farm plot using local materials found in rural Nicaragua.

Vetted Performance Status

Unknown.

Safety

Unknown.

Complementary Technical Systems

EOS provides financial support for the people who can not afford to buy the system.

Academic Research and References

P. Revol et.al., August 1997, Infiltration from a surface point source and drip irrigation, Water Resources Research, Vol. 33, No. 8, Pages 1861-1867.

Compliance with regulations

Unknown.

Other Information

EOS has partnered with PHPG, a microfinance organization which provides loans at 0% interest and customer can pay the loan amount in one or two seasons by selling their extra produce for income. Video showing success story of Socorro's Story - Drip Irrigation

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