A rain gun sprinkler is a type of irrigation tool that sprays water like rain when pressurized water flows through it. Rain gun in Nigeria is not too common as only a few farmers know the uses and benefits of using rain gun sprinklers.
Rain guns as a type of sprinklers are quite effective in the irrigation of crops. They can be used for all types of crops. It is common to see rain gun sprinklers being used in large fields of broad acre crops like maize, soybeans, groundnuts and millets etc.
To use rain gun sprinklers effectively, a large volume of water is required. A farmer who wants to use rain guns for his crops must have reservoir of water. An artificial reservoir like tanks can be created, dams, rivers and other natural water reservoirs can also be used.
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medium rain gun
40 Meters Radius (Tripod inclusive)
₦40,000 - ₦49,000
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10 Meters Radius
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60-80 Meters Radius
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For those who buy large number of rain guns from us, we can provide the following free services:
- Irrigation design with CAD and IRRICAD
- Installation service
- Soil Analysis
- Water Test
- Agronomic design or plan and fertilization plan based on the result of the soil and water analysis
- Farm profit optimization
Veggie Concept is the leading seller of irrigation systems especially rain guns in Nigeria. We have offices in Lagos and representatives in Abuja, Kano and other cities in Nigeria.
Cost and Benefit Analysis of Using Rain Gun Sprinkler in Nigeria
The benefits of using rain gun sprinkler irrigation mostly outweighs its cost, I will explain this with a case of Alhaja Tawa (Not real name), a rice farmer in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.
Alhaja Tawa just started growing rice on her farm in Ekiti State few years ago. She grows the upland variety of rice which is normally grown on dry land. Last year, rain ceased for several weeks in June and July. In Nigeria, June and July are the peak months for rains; however, because of the effects of climate change, rains are now very erratic.
Alhaja Tawa was confused; all the rice seeds she planted did not germinate because of lack of water. She contacted Veggie Concept and we designed and installed rain gun sprinklers on her farm. Within a few days after installation, most of the rice seeds planted on her farm started germinating.
Alhaja Tawa recorded 120% more yield as compared to rain fed farming when she used rain guns on her rice farm. She is planning to expand her rice farm now.
Cost of Rain Gun Sprinklers in Nigeria
The cost of rain gun sprinklers range from N5,000 – N500,000 depending on the size, capacity and quality.
At Veggie Concept, we only sell high quality rain gun sprinklers. We do not sell sub-standard and cheap rain guns that will get bad within a few weeks or months of purchase. Some of the rain guns we sold have been working for over 9 years.
Do not be deceived by the ridiculously cheap prices of some rain gun sprinklers sold in Nigeria. A lot of them are sub-standard and they will not last long on your farm. As a matter of fact, it is safe to avoid rain guns that are too cheap. It is a trick used in luring inexperienced farmers who may think they have seen a good bargain.
Rain guns are just like pesticides. Most of the cheap pesticides in Nigeria are crap, they hardly work. The more expensive brands are usually the ones that are very good.
If you buy cheap and sub-standard rain guns, you will still come back to buy the good type. Double expenses!
Benefits and uses of rain gun irrigation
Rain guns like other types of irrigation can increase crop yield and the profit of farmers. Below are some of the benefits of using rain gun irrigation in Nigeria:
Improved yield: the use of rain gun sprinklers can increase the yield of crops. Crop farmers can be assured of constant supply of water to their crops, this can increase their yield.
All year round irrigation: Rain gun irrigation can allow farmers to cultivate their crops all year round. This can help in improving their profitability. In Nigeria, prices of food crops are usually cheap during the rains. Few farmers who can cultivate in the dry season make good money. Rain guns can enable a farmer to grow his crops in the dry season.
Reduction in cost of labour: The use of flood irrigation in Nigeria involves the use of a lot of labourers or workers especially if the farm is large. With rain gun sprinklers, just one labourer can irrigate a large farmland. It is just plug and play.
Ability to apply fertilisers: With rain guns, foliar fertilisers can be applied to the crops. This can improve yield and also improve the health of the plants.
Ability to apply pesticides: Rain gun sprinklers can be used to apply some types of insecticides, fungicides, acaricides and other pesticides.
What to look out for when buying Rain Guns in Nigeria
The question to ask yourself is, am I buying a high quality rain gun? Below are some of the things you should look out for when buying rain guns in Nigeria:
Are you buying from just a trader or you are buying from an irrigation expert?
One of the mistakes farmers make is to buy irrigation equipment from market traders who know nothing about irrigation. Never every buy your rain gun sprinklers from those who know nothing about irrigation. Seek the advice of experts and buy your rain guns from firms that are knowledgeable in irrigation.
Is the rain gun too cheap?
I know a lot of us like cheap things. You should exercise extreme caution when buying cheap irrigation systems. Most ridiculously cheap rain guns are of low quality, they will not last long at all. Do not be deceived by cheap prices, buy only rain guns that are of a high quality. Do not be penny wise and pound foolish.
What is the quality of the rain guns?
As a novice, you may not know how to determine the quality of a rain gun. That is why you need to buy from reputable dealers like Veggie Concept. If you buy a poor quality rain gun sprinklers, it will get bad within a short time.
What are the characteristics of the rain gun sprinklers?
You should ask for the characteristics of the type of rain guns you are buying. Is the rain gun PY30 or PY 40 or PY200? What is the water discharge rate of the rain guns? What is the radius the rain guns can cover? Etc.
Components of a Rain Gun Irrigation System
Rain Gun Sprinkler: This is the gun sprinkler that sprays the water around to your crops and field. It is the main component of the rain gun sprinkler irrigation system. Without the rain guns, the rain gun irrigation system cannot work.
Tripod Stands: The stands used for rain gun irrigation system are usually about 1 meter in heath. They ensure that the run guns spray water to all the crops on the field.
Hold down stakes: These are iron stakes used in holding down the rain gun tripod stands to the soil. Without the stakes, the tripods will not hold firmly on the soil.
Hoses: Water hoses are also some of the components of the rain gun irrigation system. The hoses are used in supplying water to the rain guns. Suction and transfer hoses are required. PVC pipes can also be used instead of hoses.
Water Pumps: Pumping machine are used in a rain gun irrigation system. The water pumps sucks water from the reservoir and transfer the water through hoses to the sprinklers.
Types of farmers that need rain gun in Nigeria
Rain guns can be used by most if not all farmers in Nigeria. Rain gun irrigation system is one of the most affordable irrigation systems in Nigeria.
Rain gun sprinklers can be used for any size of farmland in Nigeria. If your farm is small, you can use rain guns, if your farm is large, you can use a rain gun.
Do you have a farm in Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Abuja, Borno, Jigawa, Kebbi, Ondo, Ekiti and Akure etc? Having rain gun sprinklers may beneficial to you.
How to Set Up a Rain Gun Irrigation System
All what you need to set up a rain gun irrigation system are rain gun sprinklers, tripod stands, bolts and nuts, hold down iron stakes, water reservoir, water pumps and hoses.
Anyone can install a rain gun sprinkler system; however, if your farm is big, it is better to engage a professional plumber.
Questions and Answers about Rain Guns in Nigeria
Question: Can rain gun sprinklers be used for all crops in Nigeria?
Answer: Rain guns can be used for almost all crops, though, for some crops, drip irrigation is better.
Question: What crops in particular can rain guns used for?
Answer: Rain guns can be used for tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, cocoa, pepper, oil palm, rubber, watermelon, maize, soybeans, millet, cowpea, beans and yam etc.
Question: Should I buy a very cheap rain gun sprinkler?
Answer: The truth is that most ridiculously cheap farm technologies and farm inputs in Nigeria are sub-standard. Avoid too cheap rain guns, they are likely to be sub-standard and of a poor quality. Do not be penny wise and pound foolish.
Question: Can I break even if I use rain gun sprinklers?
Answer: Yes, we have had a lot of farmers who significantly increased their profit because they used rain guns.
Question: Where can farmers get rain guns to buy in Nigeria?
Answer: Rain gun sprinklers can be bought from Veggie Concept; you can call this firm through 08025141924 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Can fertilisers and pesticides be passed through rain guns?
Answer: Rain guns can be used for foliar application of fertilisers and pesticides.
Question: Can any farmer operate a rain gun irrigation system?
Answer: Rain gun system is a simple technology. An illiterate can even use it.