Onion irrigation

Eunidrip Irrigation Systems is among the best suppliers of onion drip irrigation kit in the Kenya. Onions are crops that are sensitive to the amount of water they receive. They have shallow roots that require constant and regulated amounts of water. Too much water will result in fungal diseases and rot, whereas too little water will cause a decrease in quality and onion size. Onions need about 2.4 cm of water once per week for optimum yields. Drip irrigation is the best way to apply water to the onions.

Components of onion drip irrigation kit

Onion rip irrigation kit components are:

  1. The pipe network – this piping network delivers water from the tank to the drip lines. The pipes can be PVC or HDPE pipes. HDPE pipes are more suitable for systems with pipes on the surface since they are UV-treated.
  2. Drip tapes – drip tapes have equally spaced emitters along their lengths. Onions use drip tapes having an emitter spacing of 20 cm. It would be best to use three drip lines per bed in onion growing.
  3. Water filters – filters help remove contaminants from the irrigation water. Emitters are sensitive to the quality of water and particles can cause them to clog. Water filters available for use in your irrigation unit are disc and screen filters. At Eunidrip, we have professional staff that can guide you when selecting your filter.
  4. Fittings and accessories – an onion drip irrigation kit uses fittings made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or high-density polyethene (HDPE). Our staff can guide you in selecting the accessories you will need. Some of the fittings you will need in such a system are couplings, elbows, tees, saddle clamps, adaptors, and end caps.
  5. 16 mm HDPE fittings – these fittings consist of 16mm tees, elbows, end caps, starter connectors, off-takes, and drip to drip connectors. You use them on connections involving the drip tape.
  6. Tank – the tank stores water for irrigation at a raised height. The base should be strong enough to support the weight of the tank. The size of the tank will depend on the area to be irrigated.
  7. Fertigation system – this arrangement composes of a tank, venturi injector, and some fittings. The main purpose of this system is to deliver diluted fertiliser to the main pipe of the drip system.

Advantages of using drip irrigation on your onions.

  1. There are reduced pumping costs since the system uses water efficiently.
  2. Improved crop health – the onions get the right amount of water and nutrients ensuring high quality and quantity yields.
  3. The labour costs incurred when hiring people to water your onions are reduced.
  4. Drip irrigation delivers water to the root zone of the onions helping in controlling weed growth.
  5. The fertigation system helps avoid the harmful effects of fertiliser overuse. Examples of the harmful effects are pollution of underground water sources, acidification of the soil, and toxic build-up of harmful metals in the soil.

At Eunidrip, we offer supply, design, and install full onion drip irrigation kits for our clients. Interested customers can make purchases through our online shop or our physical shop located at George Morara Road, Nakuru town.  In case of any inquiry, you can contact us on 0728163329.


What is an onion drip irrigation kit, and how does it work?

An onion drip irrigation kit is a system designed to efficiently water and irrigate onion crops. It works by delivering a controlled and precise amount of water directly to the root zone of the onions through a network of tubes, pipes, and emitters. This conserves water and ensures that the onions receive the right amount of moisture for optimal growth.

What are the benefits of using a drip irrigation kit for onions?

Drip irrigation offers several advantages for onion farming, including water conservation, reduced weed growth, improved nutrient delivery, and increased crop yield. It also minimizes soil erosion and disease spread.

Can I customize the onion drip irrigation kit to suit my farm’s specific needs?

Yes, many onion drip irrigation kits are customizable. You can adjust the layout, spacing of emitters, and water flow rates to meet the unique requirements of your onion crop and field size.

What components are typically included in an onion drip irrigation kit?

A standard kit often includes drip tape or tubing, emitters or drippers, connectors, filters, pressure regulators, stakes or supports, and a main water supply line. Some kits may also include a timer or controller for automated irrigation.

Is it cost-effective to invest in a drip irrigation kit for onions?

Yes, drip irrigation is generally cost-effective in the long run. While there is an initial investment, the improved water efficiency and increased crop yield can lead to significant cost savings and higher profits over time.

How do I determine the right size and capacity of the drip irrigation kit for my onion farm?

The size of the kit you need depends on factors like the size of your onion field, the spacing of your onion plants, and the water source’s flow rate and pressure. It’s advisable to consult with a drip irrigation specialist or supplier to determine the appropriate kit size.

What maintenance is required for an onion drip irrigation kit?

Regular maintenance includes checking and cleaning filters, inspecting and repairing damaged components, and ensuring that emitters are functioning correctly. Proper winterization is also essential to prevent freezing and damage during the offseason.

Can I use a drip irrigation kit for other crops besides onions?

Yes, drip irrigation kits are versatile and can be used for a wide range of crops, including vegetables, fruits, and flowers. They are suitable for various farming applications.