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Notes to broadcasters on drip irrigation:

Drip irrigation is an approach to watering crops that has been heavily promoted in recent years. As we saw in this story, it is of particular interest to farmers who cannot rely on rainwater during the dry season. Increasingly frequent droughts have also spurred interest in drip irrigation. Farmers from Dap Dior, Senegal, had tried other techniques to water their crops during the dry season. Concrete basins were installed, but farmers still had to water crops by hand. A sprinkler system was installed, but farmers did not find it cost effective – water was wasted through evaporation and fuel was needed to power a generator. (It cost much more to fuel the sprinkler system than the pump for the new drip irrigation system). A video was created to show how farmers in Dap Dior and its neighbouring village use drip irrigation: http://www.csmonitor.com/mediaplayer/index.html?file=http://csps.edgeboss.net/download/csps/csm/flash/webmedia/senegal_768k.flv&height=403&width=600
To learn more about drip irrigation, visit:
-The Wikipedia entry on drip irrigation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drip_irrigation
-A technical handbook on drip irrigation produced by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency: http://www.wca-infonet.org/servlet/BinaryDownloaderServlet?filename=1062172073991_drip.pdf&refID=101742

Farm Radio International has published a number of scripts on water harvesting and irrigation techniques for drought-prone areas. Some of these scripts are listed below. For a full list of scripts on water management, go to: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/water.asp.
Rainwater from large rock surfaces can be used to irrigate crops: A new technology from Kibaale District, Uganda (Package 83, Script 9, March 2008)

A woman harvests water and grows vegetables in the dry season (Package 76, Script 9, October 2005)

Supply water directly to plant roots with pitcher and drip irrigation (Package 71, Script 10, June 2004)

Farmer Phiri uses infiltration pits to combat drought (Package 64, Script 6, July 2002)

Finally, here is an idea for a program that could introduce farmers to irrigation methods that work well in your area:
-Step one: Review Farm Radio scripts, as well as other resources to learn about irrigation methods used in your area or areas similar to yours.
-Step two: Invite a small panel of experts, such as extension officers, experienced farmers, researchers, or NGO representatives, for an on-air discussion about irrigation techniques. Begin by asking each of the panellists to describe an innovative or traditional irrigation method and why it is effective.
-Step three – Continue the program by asking farmers in your listening audience to phone or text in with questions or comments for the panellists. Be sure to ask callers about irrigation methods they have tried and whether they were successful.
-Step four – Consider producing a follow-up report on any particularly interesting and effective irrigation methods that are raised during the program.

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