September 22, 2017

Farmers grow crops in discarded water bottles to save water

Discarded water bottles are used in plantation in Taungtha. Photo: Lin Lae Kyaie (Taungtha)
Discarded water bottles are used in plantation in Taungtha. Photo: Lin Lae Kyaie (Taungtha)

FARMERS in water-scarce villages in Taungtha Township are now growing crops in discarded drinking water bottle instead of on plot of lands, allowing them to grow their own food and sell some surplus stock.
The farmers learned the Italian farming method from the Livelihoods and Food Security (LIFT) Fund. They punch out the bottom of one bottle which is hinged to the top of another. Compost is put inside the bottle, and water is dripped into the bottle. Two plants can be grown in a bottle, and there are a total of nine bottles in a row. The rows are eight inches apart. Only drops of water are supplied by the overhead water tank. Smoked paddy husk is used as compost and only needs to be changed only once a year.
The method is used to preserve scarce water.—Lin Lae Kyaie (Taungtha)

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