Cost of one acre drip irrigation in Kenya

The Kenyan sun shines bright, nurturing crops and warming hearts. But its scorching kiss can also pose a formidable foe for thirsty fields, demanding efficient irrigation solutions. Drip irrigation emerges as a champion, delivering water directly to plant roots, maximizing yields and minimizing waste. What is the cost of one acre drip irrigation? Let’s dive into the details!

Cost of one acre drip irrigation in Kenya

Cost of Drip Irrigation Per Acre – Determining Factors
Determining Factors
1. Crop Type
Crop TypeDrip Lines Per BedAcreageCost in Kes
Tomato, Cabbage, Chilies,21/825,000
Capsicum, Green Beans,1/440,000
Onion, Garlic, Herbs,1/827,500
Spices, Strawberry31/445,000
2. Pipe Type
Pipe TypeCost in Kes
PVC MainlineHigher cost to work with
HDPE MainlineLower cost to work with
3. Water Pressure Available
Water PressureImpact on Cost
High PressureFewer irrigation blocks, less fittings, lower cost
Low PressureMore irrigation blocks, more fittings, higher cost

Note: Prices are in Kenyan Shillings (Kes). The costs presented are indicative and subject to change based on market conditions and specific project requirements.

Components of One Acre Drip Irrigation in Kenya

  1. Drip Pipe: 16mm pipe with customizable emitter spacing for efficient water delivery.
  2. Main Line: PVC or HDPE pipe delivering water from the source to the farm, with cost implications.
  3. Sub-Main Line: PVC or HDPE pipe connecting to the main line, affecting water pressure and cost.
  4. Filter: Ensures water quality, with variations for gravity and high-pressure flow.
  5. End-Caps: Securely locks the end of the drip pipe, preventing water leakage.
  6. Rubbers: Installed to prevent water leakage between main or sub-mainline and drip line.
  7. Connectors: Starter and off-take connectors linking drip line to main or sub-main line.
  8. Tees: Connects two drip lines watering in opposite directions from the same source.
  9. Elbows: Alters the direction of the drip pipe to suit the farm’s layout.
  10. Valves: Mini valves for drip pipes, ball valves for main and sub-main lines, controlling water flow.
  11. Venturi Injector: Facilitates fertigation or pesticides drenching, with various inlet sizes based on acreage.

Understanding the intricacies of these components is essential for farmers to make informed decisions, customize their irrigation system, and manage costs effectively. The choice of drip irrigation components depends on factors such as crop type, available water pressure, and pipe type, all of which influence the overall cost per acre.


How much does a one acre drip irrigation system cost in Kenya?

It depends on several factors like crop type, pipe materials, water pressure, and system complexity. We offer basic kits starting at Ksh. 30,000, with advanced setups reaching Ksh. 100,000 or more.

Can I get an estimate for my specific needs?

Absolutely! Visit and use our handy online calculator. You’ll answer a few quick questions about your crops, preferred materials, and budget, and we’ll provide a personalized quote in minutes.

Is drip irrigation worth the investment? 

Beyond saving water, drip irrigation promotes healthier plants, potentially increases yields, and minimizes labor in the long run. Think of it as an investment in your farm’s future!

What makes Eunidrip Irrigation Systems different?

We’re your Kenyan watering wisdom companions! We offer high-quality drip irrigation systems at competitive prices, along with expert advice and support. From installation guidance to maintenance tips, we’re here to help you every step of the way.