A filter for an irrigation hose was created to prevent contaminants from water sources.
Shuntelle Romany U of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Meckida Pope U of The West Indies St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
Avion Noel U of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Sweeta Beharry U of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Kaila Jones U of the West Indies Trinidad and Toabgo, Trinidad and Tobago
Filtering Today For A Better Tomorrow.
What the project is about?
The project is a concept created for increasing the productivity of farmers through their irrigation filter systems and water supplies. Our project aims to construct a filter for an irrigation hose to prevent sludge and other sediments from freshwater reservoirs coming into the land. This will provide a clean supply of water and deliver the water through the hose more freely. It is a cost effective method that can be made of easily available materials such as coal, mesh wires and PVC pipelines. This method will produce greater yields of crops and promote food security.
Why that project was chosen?
It is projected by the UN that by the year 2050, the global population will be 9.6 billion. It will become increasing difficult for the agricultural sector to produce and feed the expected numbers without constraints to water supply. The global water resources are already limited as 97% of the total water available is saltwater and the remaining 3% is freshwater, with less than 1% accessible to humans. . The agricultural sector is greatest consumer of freshwater with 70% and irrigation systems are the biggest factor in agricultural water consumption. Therefore it is important to use water supplies and resources efficiently as it is a major factor in food production and food security.
Who is the intended audience?
The target audience of this project is the rural and small scale farmers to help improve their productivity the irrigation filter system will benefit farmers who use natural water resources as opposed to pipe-borne water supplies and apply to farmers that use irrigation hoses. The project will be advantageous to farmers in water deficit countries and with extended dry periods.
How this approach helps to increase food security?
This is an approach to water conservation and water security in agricultural production. The irrigation filter in the hose will promote efficiency in yield production and quality of crops. There will be no blockage to incoming water and provide a healthy supply of water to grow high yield crops. The water resources will be better managed when there is water scarcity and food production water limitations will be reduced by its efficiency.
To design and construct a simple but effective irrigation filter system to reduce the amount of sludge that are coming through the irrigation hose that are connected to ponds and rivers.
To educated farmers on the use of the new irrigation filter by illustrating its easy use and time conserving new features.
To educate farmers on the importance of the new irrigation filter and encourage them to invest in the product by illustrating is simple design and cost effectiveness compared to other filters on the market.
To eventually market and expand this filter to rural communities regionally and internationally.
To use this product to increase food production and food security in efforts of feeding nine billion people by 2050.
The Media that we are going to use to communicate with the target audience are YouTube, Facebook and Community meetings. We will reach our audience by advertising in our local newspapers (the express and guardian) and to distribute flyers advertising in rural farming villages inviting them to our community meetings.
Not everyone would be able to attend the community meeting, some may not get grasp the concept during this meeting as the attention span of every person may differ. For such reasons there would be YouTube videos and a Facebook page which would help engage the audience better. These are two media commonly used today even in the rural communities of Trinidad and Tobago. By using these Media we would gain the attention of young farmers who are a very important group in improving food security by 2050.
What are the expected outcomes and success stories of the project?
The expected outcomes of the project entail implementation of the irrigation filter into various farming communities, endorsement by the relevant authorities and improved productivity and efficiency of agricultural lands by the filter. The success stories of the project will be the farmers using the filter and observing short-term and long-term results, as the productivity of their farm will increase with the continued use of the filter and promote a better flow of water through the irrigation hose. The sustained success of the irrigation filter will provide for a better water supply and greater efficiency to wider farming populations.
How are the distinguishing social and economic characteristics of the people considered in the project?
The project caters to most classes of society as it is targeted to small-scale and rural farmers, whom most likely do not incorporate a lot of mechanized farming techniques and tools. In this project, the irrigation filter theorised is affordable to everyone as it is made of easily available and cost effective materials.
How is this project appropriate for the market and why?
The agriculture sector lacks development and technological advancement. This project will allow the further mechanization of agricultural sector by improving efficiency, output rate and productivity. Filters are essential for proper water supply to farms as many small-scale and rural farmers use ponds, rivers and lakes where sediment is prevalent. However, this project aims to build the irrigation filter from easily accessible materials which the market has been devoid of and needs, to accommodate most farmers. Therefore it is not as costly as filters on the market.
Greater Crop Yield
Filtering Today For A Better Tomorrow.