Hello Farm Lovers,
I am in the process of setting up my 4.5 acre high density fruit orchard (mostly Guava, with a sample selection of mangoes, pomegranate, jack, lemon, sapota, etc) in Tamil Nadu.
Drip irrigation will be installed in about 2 weeks from now, and Solar Power for Water Pump will be set up in about 10 days.
I wanted the Bore well to feed water into a Sub surface water storage Sump with HDPE Liners, and from the Storage Sump on to the Drip Main lines and the plants
Unfortunately, the JCB could not excavate below 2 feet as the Soil was very hard, and the teeth of the JCB bucket was rather blunt.
To avoid delays, I am now considering supplying water directly from the Borewell on to the Drip Main lines (bypassing the Sump altogether).
Water yeild from 430 ft deep borewell seems sufficient, borewell pump is 8HP/18 Stage, Drip Main Lines are 2.5", Sub Lines are 2", Maximum head is about 300 metres, my plants are all tiny saplings now and will now require less than 10 litres of water per day for the time being. Total requirement of water should be approx 40,000 litres per week, in 2 or 3 cycles.
Am I on the right track to bypass the Sump? Or is it a wrong idea?
If needed, I may go for a small sub surface irrigation sump with HDPE Lining after a few months.
Do let me have your inputs. Thanks in advance.