Samuel Ojok is a vegetable farmer in Otuke District in northern Uganda. Every tomato season, he grows two or more acres of tomatoes and other vegetables such as cabbage, green pepper, onions and watermelons.
He is never worried about his garden running short of water or getting affected by a change of weather. Unlike other farmers whose tomato growing is dependent on the rainy season, Ojok says he does not have to wait for the rainy season to grow tomatoes and other crops because of the treadle irrigation pump he acquired two years ago.
“What I do is to make sure that I have a reliable source of immobile water that I created after digging a ditch. I connect the suction pipe to the treadle machine and pump using my feet and the water is delivered to the crops at about 30 meters through the delivery pipe,” Ojok explains.
“In about 30 minutes, I can irrigate an acre of tomato garden. The delivery pipe is long and can cover and reach a wider size of the garden,” he adds. Read more