Netafim Family Drip System
Netafim’s Family Drip System (FDS™) is a gravity-based drip irrigation system based on the company’s low volume drip-irrigation technology. FDS does not require additional investment in infrastructure such as pumps or electricity and is suitable for plots of any shape between 100 and 2,000 square meters. Combined with good agricultural practices, FDS can increase yield and quality and optimizes water efficiency by reducing run-off, leaching, and soil erosion.
Netafim partners with local businesses and NGO’s to distribute their low-cost drip irrigation systems. In Kenya, Netafim also paired up with Amiran in Kenya.
FDS 250 has a price of $150 (250 square meter kit), FDS 500 a price of $140 (500 square meter kit) and FDS 1000 a price of $170 (1000 square meter kit).interview with representative
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Goal 2: Achieve food security by allowing farmers to irrigate their crops by drip, all year round, relieving them of their dependency on rain and increasing local food production.
Family Drip System is intended for smallholder farmers all over the world who face challenges with water availability.
Netafim mass-produces the Family Drip Systems primarily in their Israel and Australia manufacturing plants.interview with representative
In 2003 the community trademark application no. 003270253 was filed for FAMILY DRIP SYSTEM FDS (Word mark) by Netafim Ltd.
Users can obtain the product through NGOs, government institutions, and local dealers. Netafim does not directly sell to smallholder farmers.interview with representative
Approximately 5,000 to 10,000 units are distributed each year.interview with representative
Upon request Netafim provides planning, training, technical, and agronomic field support designed to suit local conditions and meet the specific requirements of each project.
Availability of replacement parts vary from region to region, but are available.interview with representative
5-10 years if maintained properly.interview with representative
Netafim maintains the highest health, safety and environmental standards in order to protect the lives and good health of their employees. By following safety procedures they protect themselves, their co-workers, the community and the environment. The rest of their health and safety policies can be found here.
Upon request NetafimTM can provide planning, capacitation, technical and agronomical assistance on the field.
 Haile, Abraham Mehari, Herman Depeweg, and Brigitta Stillhardt. “Smallholder Drip Irrigation Technology: Potentials and Constraints in the Highlands of Eritrea.” Mountain Research and Development 23.1 (2003): 27-31.
 Huang, S. 2012. Evaluation of Pre-packaged Agricultural Drip Irrigation Kits [thesis]. [Massachusetts, United States]: Massachusetts institute of technology (MIT)
Netafim was the recipient of the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award.
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