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Agriculture aid projects using Yamaha water pumps in Senegal

Supporting Senegal’s agricultural development through drip irrigation with Yamaha water pumps

Yamaha Motor is supporting agriculture in the deserts of Senegal (south-western Sahara) by providing drip irrigation systems using Yamaha water pumps. The system contributes not only to farming efficiency, but also increasing growth speed as well, raising the market value of onions and other vegetables.

Conventional watering methods

Farmers used to obtain water from wells, two buckets at a time. This manual process lasted from morning till night. Farms had to employ at least three workers just for supplying water.

Drip irrigation with Yamaha YP30G Water Pump

Drip-feeding keeps the roots of crops moist all times, prompts the roots to absorb water more greedily, and makes stronger roots.
Watering more thoroughly helps crops to develop deep root systems that are better equipped to seek out moisture in the soil.
The pump can be operated for two to three hours both in the morning and evening for irrigation purpose. Manpower can be allocated for tilling the soil and removing weeds.

The drip-feeding irrigation method has enabled efficient watering, reduced maintenance time, produced healthier crops, and improved productivity and quality, resulting in increased market prices and value.

In November 2006, fifteen units of YP30G Yamaha water pumps were donated to the Agricultural Committee in Northern Senegal.
This type of agricultural development project, together with follow-up activities such as providing additional guidance and maintenance support in Senegal, are expanded to other African countries.

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Drip irrigation

Drip irrigation was developed in Israel in the 1960s. It is most suited for dry regions with a lack of water supply. The method allows maximum irrigation from limited water supplies. Water is passed through a purpose-built tube with holes placed along the crops, and fed one drip at a time to the crops.
The method of spraying water onto dry soil causes the water to dry and evaporate quickly. On the contrary, the gradual, drip-feeding process allows the crop to absorb the droplets as they fall. Using sprinklers to spray the crop can also cause both the water and fertilizer to sink deep into the soil. However, with drip irrigation, crops can efficiently absorb the nutrients contained in the fertilizer and the water. Drip irrigation applies water slowly and directly to the roots of crops through small pipes. It uses less water than sprinkler irrigation. Since water is applied directly to the root zone, evaporation and runoff are minimized and crops can absorb water and nutrients from soil.

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