Cabbage Borehole, Irrigation Systems and Farming in Zimbabwe

Cabbage Irrigation farming in Zimbabwe is through Drip Irrigation, Sprinkler Systems Irrigation, and rain hose kits irrigation. 

Cabbage farming through irrigation requires even moisture to produce good heads. Farmers’ cabbage water requirements are independent of the varieties grown. The best cabbage varieties to grow in Zimbabwe are hybrids, which require consistent irrigation during growth. 

Successful cabbage farmers who supply the cabbage market in Zimbabwe water 25 to 37 litres weekly.
Cabbage Borehole, Irrigation Systems and Farming in Zimbabwe
Cabbage Borehole, Irrigation Systems and Farming in Zimbabwe
Good cabbage head sizes weighing 5kgs make it easy for a grower to choose where to sell cabbages in Zimbabwe. Below is a review of cabbage irrigation farming requirements by systems.

1. Cabbage Drip Irrigation farming; how to install a drip irrigation system on cabbage:

Bed making: Your beds will be one metre wide to allow for 3 rows of drip lines, and 30cm high for good drainage. Drainage is key to prevent root rot for cabbage as a result of too much stagnant water.

Drip Irrigation Tapes Laying: Two rows of drip lines per bed. Each drip line row is 20cm apart and the line is 20cm from the edge of the bed. Without beds, each row is 30cm apart.

2. How to install a sprinkler irrigation system or rain hose irrigation kit.

If you will not make beds, as shown above, then your cabbage spacing is 60 cm apart for rows. The inter-crop spacing is 30 cm to 45 cm. Place your sprinklers or rain hose pipes according to the radius of spray for each to cover the entire area.

Use sparsely spaced drip emitters 30cm apart. This cabbage drip irrigation system will water every plant and they will be no irrigation dry shadows. Irrigate in the morning hours and avoid late evening irrigation

3. Do Cabbage require a lot of water?

Yes. A cabbage plant will require up to 1inch or 25 litres per meter square weekly during the early stage. At maturity, this will be 2 inches/ 50 litres per meter square under dry conditions. Too much water causes root rot.

4. When should you stop watering cabbage?

Stop watering onions 7 days before harvest. This improves the shelf life

5. What PSI should you use for drip irrigation?

Borehole Solutions Zimbabwe's drip irrigation systems operate at 10 to 35 PSI.

6. Does cabbage needs lots of sun?

Yes. 10 to 12 hours of sunlight for head formation in the tropics

7. Should I water cabbage?

Yes. Half an inch/ 12.5 litres per meter square of water 4 times a week is enough.

8. Can you grow cabbage in hot weather?


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The Cost or Prices For Borehole Drilling in Zimbabwe:

1. Siting: $100.00USD
2. Drilling and Casing: (40 Metres) $1300.00USD - (Using Class 6)
3. AC Electrical Installation: $1000.00USD
4. Solar Pump Installation: $1400.00USD
5. Extra Metres After 40 Metres: USD $45.00USD per metre.
6. 5000 Litre Tank and 4 metre Tank Stand: $1000.00USD
7. Stuck Pump Fishing Out: $180.00USD
8. Capacity Testing: $250.00USD

- Casing with Class 9 Casing incurs an additional $200.00USD.
- Double Casing: $20.00USD per metre.

Note this is the average price borehole companies charge for their services in Zimbabwe, but this figure is subject to changes if conditions are different depending on the construction site.

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