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09/21/2017

Counter-drought Agriculture vol.2

Counter-drought Agriculture vol.2

Following our previous post, we’ll introduce other examples of water-saving agriculture.

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【Sun screening nets cover over the plants, which enable to reduce the amount of the water evaporation by 50%.】

Shown above, this is an example to prevent the water from the evaporation by screening the sun light.

But one family apply several methods together with this to save the water more effectively

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【Young plants in the plastic bags. The surfaces of the soil are mulched with straw.】

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【Composts made with the mixture of cow excrements, coconuts shells and palm leaves.】

As well as moistening the soil in the plastic bags and covering the surface of soil with the coconut shells and straw for the heat protection (shown in photo #2), they also make the compost in the backyard with cow excrements, coconut shells, and scrap vegetables (shown in photo).

There is another family who makes home-made warming bags for the soil, consisting of half burnt rice husks and composts, to keep the humidity.

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(photo #4)
【JEN staff checking the soil condition with the participants of program (right).】

It requires to keep watching out when burning rice husks, because too much burnt husks can’t contain enough moisture.

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That is how the local Suri Lankans prepare for the constant droughts, applying multiple methods to save the water at the same time.


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September 21, 2017 in Sri Lanka |