Mr. Van Viet Uan is a 60-year-old farmer in Thua
Thien Hue province. He has spent many years growing peanuts on his small
plot of land, but like many farmers in this sandy region, has never been
able to grow anything during the dry season. This was always a time of
considerable hardship for him.
As he explained, “I
always thought it was impossible to grow anything. The soil is so sandy
& porous here, that it cannot hold any water. In the dry season, how
ever much you water the land by hand, everything just shrivels up”.
When IDE introduced small-scale drip irrigation to
Mr Uan, he was initially hesitant. Eager to improve his situation,
however, he agreed to try it. The neighboring farmers gathered around when
the simple system of buckets and pipes was installed, many of them telling
him that he was ‘crazy’ to try to grow peanuts in this barren season.
One month later, Mr Uan could already see the
benefits - the young plants seemed to be growing very well. When he
harvested his crop, Mr. Uan discovered that not only did he have a healthy
yield of peanuts in the dry season, but it was also 25% higher than what
he achieved during the regular growing season.
amazed; I could sell my extra crop & also get a better price for the
seeds because it was off-season”.
As a result of his success, Mr. Uan decided to buy a
drip system to use in the main peanut-growing season as well as in the dry
season. He already plans to diversify his crops, confident that he can
earn even more cash with crops such as chilies and tomatoes.
Many of the neighboring farmers, excited about the possibility of
doubling their yield, have asked about purchasing drip systems.