Spray tube irrigation system also called rain hose irrigation systems is a set of sprinkler like tubes or pipes that are used for the irrigation of crops. Spray tubes are also called rain hoses, rain pipes and sprinkler hoses in Nigeria.
Spray tubes work like sprinklers, they spray water to crops. They are one of the commonest irrigation equipment in Nigeria. With spray tubes, a farmer can cultivate his crops all year round. It is not uncommon to see farmers in Nigeria use this irrigation system for the cultivation of leafy vegetables and other types of crops.
Spray tubes are much better alternative to flood irrigation. They are much more efficient that furrow irrigation and also save more water than furrow irrigation.
Buy Spray Tube Irrigation System Here
At Veggie Concept, you can buy all types of spray tubes. If you are in Nigeria, you can buy 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres spray tubes from us here.
50 metres spray tube
Laser spray tube irrigation system.
100 metres spray tube
Laser spray tube irrigation system.
100 metres spray tube (reinforced)
Laser spray tube irrigation system.
Price of Spray Tube Irrigation System in Nigeria
The price of spray tube in Nigeria varies according to quality, length, country of manufacture, number of laser holes, type of material used for manufacture and UV capability etc.
The price of a 100 metre spray tube is usually N7,000 – N14,000. The cheapest spray tubes are mostly the types with the lowest quality.
What to look out for when buying spray tube irrigation system or kit in Nigeria
Should you want to purchase a spray tube irrigation system in Nigeria, you need to consider some factors. These factors will guide you on how to buy the type of spray tubes that will best suit your needs.
Below are some of the things to look out for when buying spray tube irrigation systems in Nigeria:
The price of the spray tube: I know we all like very cheap things. Please stop here. Buying a very cheap spray tube may set you up for trouble and failure in your quest to get a good yield from your farm. Unscrupulous sellers use cheap price strategy to lure unsuspecting buyers to buy sub-standard products. They know that the average Nigerian like cheap things. If any irrigation system is too cheap, please be careful.
The quality of the spray tubes: Mere looking at some spray tubes can show you that they are of low or sub-standard quality. Also, ultra cheap spray tubes may be of low quality. Ensure that you buy only high quality spray tubes. What is the use of buying spray tubes that will last for only a few weeks or months?
The knowledge and integrity of the seller: As much as possible, please do not buy spray tubes from roadside vendors or traders who know nothing about irrigation and agronomy. Traders with good knowledge of irrigation can advise you on the best type of spray tube irrigation system to buy. There are several types of spray tubes, you need a knowledgeable trader to advise you on the most suitable type of spray tube for your farm.
The characteristics of the spray tubes: You should check the attributes of any spray tubes you want to buy. Some spray tubes have two holes, some have three holes and some have just four holes. You must know the type of spray tubes you want.
The UV quality of the spray tubes: Let me sound a note of warning. Do not buy spray tubes that are not Ultra Violet (UV) rays treated. Spray tubes that are not tolerant to UV rays will get bad quickly.
Components of a spray tube irrigation system in Nigeria
A typical spray tube irrigation system has some components. Without these components the system cannot function properly. Below are some of the components of a spray tube irrigation system:
Spray Tube: This is a set of polythene tubes or pipes with laser created holes. The spray tubes spray water to the crops. Spray tubes are laid on rows or in between rows in order for them to spray water on the plants.
Spray tubes are usually 100 metres long. They are also usually UV treated so that they will not get bad quickly. Laser spray tubes also often have 2-5 holes or according to what a customer wants.
Main Line: This is the main pipe or hose that brings water from the source of water. The pipe that is connected to the main source of water like dam or river or bore well is called the main line. The main line is often connected to the sub-main line.
Valves: This device is used to control the flow of water to different zones of the spray tube irrigated farmland. Valves can stop the flow of water to the whole area of irrigation or some parts of the area of irrigation. Valves are very important in irrigation.
Air Valves: The air valve is used for the removal of air from the spray tube irrigation system. Without removal of air in pipes, there will be a knocking sound. This can damage the irrigation system. Not all spray tube irrigation systems need air valves, though it is advised that you have one.
Backflow Preventer: The backflow preventer also called backflow valve is installed on the main pipe or hose. It prevents the flow back of chemicals and other harmful substances to the source of water. This is very useful if the source of water is used for drinking and other human uses.
End plug: This is a device used to block the end of the spray tube lateral. Without the blocking of the end of the spray tube lateral, water flowing in the spray tubes will waste away. The end plugs also make it possible to flush the spray tube irrigation system.
Connectors: This is a device used for the connection of the spray tubes to the sub-main hose or pipes. Grommets and take-offs are the types of connectors used for the connection of spray tubes to PVC sub-main pipe. Croco connectors are used to connect spray tubes to lay flat hoses.
Filters: These are devices used for the removal of impurities and dirts from the flowing water in a spray tube irrigation system.
Spray Tube Joiner: This is used for joining two spray tubes. It can also be used for repairing of damaged spray tubes.
Crops suitable for spray tube irrigation
In theory, spray tubes can be used for all crops. However, because of the nature of water spraying, we advise that spray tubes should be used for closely spaced crops, leafy vegetables and crops that like humidity.
Below are some of the crops spray tube irrigation system can be used for:
Leafy Vegetables: Vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, ugu and other leafy vegetables do really well under spray tube irrigation systems.
Closely spaced crops: Crops like onions, carrots and other closely spaced crops also do well under spray tube irrigation system.
Humidity loving crops: Humidity loving crops like banana and plantain can also do very well when planted under spray tube irrigation system.
Rice: Rice can also be grown under spray tube irrigation system because it is usually closely spaced.
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Merits of using laser spray tube irrigation
Spray tube irrigation system can enable all year round farming. This means that farmers can cultivate in the dry season when there is no rain.
It can be used for the germination of seeds. Spray tubes are very useful for nursery management.
Spray tubes can improve the texture and feel of the soil. It can prevent hard pan in soil.
Spray tubes can be used to apply foliar fertilizers and pesticides to crops, this can save time and labour cost.
Spray tubes can negatively impact the activities of some pests like white flies and aphids.
Characteristics of our spray tube irrigation system
Polyethylene is used for the production of the spray tubes.
Our spray tubes come in rolls of 50 metres and 100 metres.
The spray tubes are UV resistant
0.1 metre to 6 metres are the spraying width of our spray tubes.
The spray tube irrigation can be connected to any source of water (borehole, well, river, dam or stream etc.)
Where can you buy spray tube irrigation in Nigeria?
Do you want to buy spray tube irrigation system in Nigeria, if yes, you can contact Veggie Concept through firstname.lastname@example.org or call +2348025141924. We have offices in Lagos and Abuja.
We serve all areas in Nigeria including Ibadan, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Kano, Jos, Kaduna, Benin, Asaba, Akwa Ibom and Benue etc.
Questions and Answers on Spray Tube Irrigation System?
Question: Can I use spray tube irrigation for all crops in Nigeria?
Answer: In theory, spray tubes can be used for all crops. However, they are most suited for leafy vegetables and crops that like humidity.
Question: Can anyone install spray tube irrigation system?
Answer: Yes, spray tube irrigation systems are usually self-installed, anybody can install them.
Question: How much is a 100 metres spray tube?
Answer: The price for a 100 metres spray tube varies from N7,000 – N15,000.
.Question: Can spray tube irrigation system increase crop yield?
Answer: Yes, spray tube irrigation system can increase crop yield.