Water scarcity is forcing some farmers in rural areas in Uganda to come up with ingenious methods to keep their crops watered and their families healthy. One such method is the use of a tredo pump being used by farmers in Masaka. A tredo pump is an instrument that manually draws water from a water source to the surface. It has two cups with nasals and these cups are filled up with water before it operates.
A tredo pump is an instrument that manually draws water from a water source to the surface. It has two cups with nasals and these cups are filled up with water before it operates. The use of this water is to reduce friction during the operation of the machine.
It also has two pipes each connected at one end of the pump the first pipe is connected to the water source (water tank) and the other is joined with a pipe that has small holes where water passes during the irrigation exercise.
Mr. Peter Daki is one of the farmers in Masaka using the tredo pump in his garden.
Peter Daki is a member of Akamira Eyiye Farmers group in Kitenga Village, Mukungwe Sub County, in Masaka District in Uganda.
Daki argues that the tredo pump is a cheapest and most flexible way of irrigating crops he has ever used.
The pump enables farmers to freely plant their crop without worrying about long dry spells that come with climate change. During the rainy season Daki says he uses his 300,000 liters ground tanks that store harvest water to irrigate his vegetable, Maize, and Banana plantation during the dry seasons.
Daki explains that the tredo pump helps him draw water from the underground tank without worry of losing life since the tank is well covered and it only has one passage which can only allow the pipe that is connected to the pump to pass through into the tank.
The pump is manually operated but is easy to operate and a worker does not need a lot of strength to pedal it and draw water from the tank so long as the pump cups are filled up with water. To use the pump for over 5 minutes you only need two to three liters of water to put in the pump cup like parts.
Ms. Maria Daki also a farmer in the area, says that they use harvested rain water at their farm because crop production at their gardens can no longer depend on the mercy of the environment.
She noted that the harvested water for is not only used for irrigation but also helps them for cooking, bathing and washing since they collect a lot of water with the use of their underground tank which they draw using water driven tredo pump.
"Previously we required more than 4 jerry cans of water to irrigate the 40 by 50 feet piece of vegetable garden while using drip irrigation method but still water was a problem since we could trek long distances to access water but with water harvesting water is no longer a problem to us " Ms. Daki added.
Daki said that the irrigation process by use of harvested rain water is cost effective because it consumes little time and water compared to fetching water or pumping water from the stream and swamps which involves fuel costs because it involves the use of generator or solar driven pumps which are too expensive.
She further said that tredo pump is more advantageous compared to drip irrigation because the farmer can regulate the amount of water to put on each plant and all catered for because the farmer has more than enough water to use for irrigation.