Proximity Designs Drip Irrigation System
Proximity Design & Dr. Brent Rowell
Proximity Designs Drip Irrigation System is a gravity-fed irrigation system that maintains a high flow rate from a minimum head water source (ex. elevated to 3ft). The newest designs are sold as complete sets and can be installed straight from the package. A single set can irrigate up to 1/4 of an acre and delivers water to individual plants through small tubes.
$36 USD for a kit suitable to irrigate a plot the size of 1/4 of an acre.
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Subsitence or small plot farmers in Myanmar
Proximity Designs sells its products through village-level marketing campaigns and agro-dealers. Low-interest loans are available, so that payment can be deferred until an extra harvest has been achieved.
Over 20,000 systems have been sold since launch in 2009.interview with representative
The Drip Irrigation System is designed to work with a gravity-fed water source at a head (tank height) as low as one metre. The system has a filter, tube or ‘drip tape’, and assorted connectors to transport water. The drip tape through which water flows is made from LLDPE, a flexible, puncture-resistant polymer. One kit (price US $35 for 46 m of drip tape, filters and 1,800 microtubes) can irrigate an area of typically 40 m2.
Independent village based agents, who source Proximity’s customers, install products and provide after sales services. They earn a commission on sales and receive a set fee for repairs and installation. Most recently, they have begun offering products, after sales care, product financing services and spare parts at the village level in 100+ agent run village kiosks.
Local distribution channels allow for local replacement parts to be available.
The expected lifespan is 2-3 years.interview with representative
Proximity’s systems maintain a high flow rate even from a water source elevated to just 3ft. Their newest designs are sold as complete sets, meaning that they can be installed straight from the packet, and a single set can irrigate up to 1/4 of an acre; reducing water usage by 50% and increasing yields 33% at the same time.
No known hazards.
Low-Pressure Drip Irrigation for Small Plots and Urban Landscapes: Daniel Smeal et.al. Low-Pressure Drip Irrigation for Small Plots and Urban Landscapes, Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, NMSU; Research Report 773
Unknown; however, the Myanmar based production company adheres to local standards.
Annual data collection from the customers about incomes, working hours, spending patterns, customer health, and happiness.
Proximity Designs is an Ashden Award winner.
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