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Design and Evaluation of an Affordable Drip Irrigation System for Backyard Garden in the Forest-Savannah Transition Zone of Ghana

Author: Kotei, Richard; Department of Agriculture Engineering and Mechanization, College of Agriculture Education, University of Education, Winneba, UEW, P.O. Box 40, Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana.; Atakora, Eric Takyi; Soil and Water Management Division, Soil Research Institute, CSIR, Kumasi.; Asiedu, Emmanuel Kwesi; Departmernt of Crops and Soil Science, College of Agriculture Education, University of Education, Winneba UEW.; Hope, Kwame Nkrumah; Departmernt of Crops and Soil Science, College of Agriculture Education, University of Education, Winneba UEW.
Publisher: Global Society of Scientific Research and Researchers 2016-11-11
Edition/Format:   Downloadable archival material : English
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The paper sought to design and evaluate a simple and affordable drip irrigation system for improving yield in backyard maize in Ghana. The design consisted of locally made system using easily available materials. The system was calibrated to obtain uniform flow. Hydraulic performance of the system was determined. A Randomize Complete Block Design with three depth treatments (T1=0cm, T2= 20cm and T3 = 40cm) and four  Read more...
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Genre/Form: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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Peer-reviewed Article
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Kotei, Richard; Department of Agriculture Engineering and Mechanization, College of Agriculture Education, University of Education, Winneba, UEW, P.O. Box 40, Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana.; Atakora, Eric Takyi; Soil and Water Management Division, Soil Research Institute, CSIR, Kumasi.; Asiedu, Emmanuel Kwesi; Departmernt of Crops and Soil Science, College of Agriculture Education, University of Education, Winneba UEW.; Hope, Kwame Nkrumah; Departmernt of Crops and Soil Science, College of Agriculture Education, University of Education, Winneba UEW.
Language Note: English
OCLC Number: 967098572
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Abstract:

The paper sought to design and evaluate a simple and affordable drip irrigation system for improving yield in backyard maize in Ghana. The design consisted of locally made system using easily available materials. The system was calibrated to obtain uniform flow. Hydraulic performance of the system was determined. A Randomize Complete Block Design with three depth treatments (T1=0cm, T2= 20cm and T3 = 40cm) and four replications was used. Plant parameters such as height, leaf length, leaf diameter and stem girth were measured weekly. The uniformity coefficient (UC) ranged from 98 to 99.8% signifying excellent water uniformity application. However, Flow and Coefficient of Variation (CV) values were below standard (ranged between 57.62 % to 60.60 % and 19.8 % to 23 % respectively) due to variation in pressure head. Maize growth under the developed drip lines gave good results in all the growth parameters and yield except the T3 but were statistically similar in all the treatments. 
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