ATC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AHL Group, is stocking an advanced irrigation system manufactured in Israel which makes it easier and cheaper for small scale farmers to water their plants for higher yields.
The technology reduces manual labour and costs per grower while improving efficiency and productivity.
ATC held a live demonstration of the new technology at the just ended Malawi International Trade Fair and, according to its Marketing Manager Maxwell Ng’ambi, the demonstration fields produced very promising results.
“We didn’t want to just come here and talk. We brought the irrigation technology for everyone to see how it works using gravitational pull,” he said.
Ng’ambi said ATC deploys its experienced technicians and agronomists to plan and install the system.
“However, many customers have been able to install it on their own. Our NDJ drip kit can be used by individual users or as part of a communal irrigation project,” he said.
According to Ng’ambi, the NDJ Drip Kit is the ideal solution for the irrigation and fertilisation of small plots. He said the comprehensive kit allows smallholder farmers to achieve better yields while using their existing resources.
“The advantages of the product are that it reduces cost per unit, central pumping and water distribution system. It works for all crops including maize and vegetables and is functional in open field or greenhouse installation,” he said.
The product is available in two different models; 250m2 and 500m2.
“The irrigation system is very affordable,” he said.
The drip kit is fully modular such that it can be easily disassembled and stored. It comes with high quality NDJ accessories, 12 mm drip line and is made of resistant materials for application of soluble fertilisers.
ATC has been in operation for the past 50 years and operates 17 depots countrywide