Intensive orchard with drip irrigation system to efficient use of water and nutrient
Drip irrigation is an efficient and economical way to water garden and orchard. Commonly used in drier areas of the country, drip irrigation is becoming more popular in Tajikistan.
Mr. Nuraliev Davlamad is an experienced farmer from the Shamsiddin Shohin district. He works as a tractor driver and provides ploughing services to neighbouring farms. Dehkan farm «Hoji Hasan», that he works in, was founded in 2000 by his father, a skilled agronomist, who helps to run a successful business. His family also works on this 15-hectare farm. They grow potatoes, pumpkins and apples.
In 2016, Mr. Nuraliev saw an intensive orchard in his district, which was equipped with drip irrigation system and according to his neighbour, has increased the yield per hectare by 15%. Later he decided to build an intensive orchard on 1-hectare land of his farm and started to cooperate with a vendor which recommended investment opportunities with GEFF program.
Mr. Nuraliev approached one of the partner banks that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) works with and obtained a loan to purchase 1000 apple seedlings and install drip irrigation system. According to the farmer’s calculations, he will harvest 10 tonnes in the second year and 20 tonnes in the third year.
The availability of the European Union (EU) investment incentive of 30% makes the financing more accessible to farmers.
“I want to thank the GEFF team and Bank experts for the support and advice that helped me to build the orchard. Drip irrigation system prevents disease by minimizing water contact with the leaves, stems and fruit. Now, I’m planning to apply for another GEFF loan to purchase a mini-tractor and another 500 seedlings to expand my intensive orchard.” said Mr. Nuraliev.
GEFF Tajikistan [Agricultural Value Chains] helps Tajik farmers and agribusinesses adopt technology solutions that can enhance competitiveness of the agricultural value chains.