REFRESH is a stream of resources flowing into a rotating fund for the smallholder Lulo farmers of Aslubel, Belén de Umbría, to implement drip irrigation and fertigation on their mountain farms, see photos.
Drip irrigation and fertigation can increase productivity by at least 30% and can represent an extra £1,500 of income over 1 hectare in the 2-year lulo crop cycle.
1 hectare’s Drip Irrigation will be installed in:
- Vivero Aslubel (1/3 hectare): the nursery of lulo cuttings, jointly owned by all members of Aslubel. The Vivero is a model of good practice on the Lulo Learning Route for smallholder farmers – from all over Colombia including post-conflict regions – hosted by Territory of Learning (select English) for a week’s immersion in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
- 2 Lulo Farms (2 x 1/3 hectare): 2 lulero families will implement drip irrigation in their own farms. As their fruit productivity increases, they will pay back into the rotating fund for other members to follow suit.
The cost of the pilot is just over £1,500. The giro was sent to Aslubel on 4 Dec 2018 – £150 is still outstanding – can you help?
100m2 of drip irrigation costs around £15: