International Journal of Innovative Approaches in Agricultural Research
Abbreviation: IJIAAR | ISSN (Online): 2602-4772 | DOI: 10.29329/ijiaar

Original article | International Journal of Innovative Approaches in Agricultural Research 2021, Vol. 5(1) 37-51

Performance Evaluation of Hand-Move Sprinkler Irrigation System: A Case Study in Rwanda

Theophile Nıragıre, Sinan Süheri & Suresh Kumar Pande

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Published online: March 31, 2021  |   Number of Views: 80  |  Number of Download: 137


This study was carried out with the main objective of evaluating the efficiency of the government-funded irrigation project equipped with hand-moved portable sprinkler irrigation system in the Nyagatare district of eastern Rwanda. The study was performed in maize field irrigated by a sprinkler irrigation system during the 2014 agricultural season. Catch cans experiments were used to assess the efficiency of the current field irrigation sprinkler system. Performance indicators such as coefficient of uniformity (CU), distribution uniformity (DU), Potential application efficiency of the low quarter (PAElq), pressure variation along laterals, delivery performance ratio (DPR), evaporation and wind drifts losses were analysed. The Christiansen equation was used to measure the CU. The results of this study revealed that the coefficient of uniformity, uniformity of distribution and efficiency of water application of the method were 84.7%, 88% and 88% respectively. These experimental findings indicated that the performance of existing hand-move sprinkler irrigation system was satisfactory. The study put forward performance guidelines and advices for the designers and managers of sprinkler irrigation systems to achieve optimum performance.

Keywords: Sprinkler irrigation, Performance evaluation indicators, Irrigation efficiency and uniformity

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APA 6th edition
Niragire, T., Suheri, S. & Pande, S.K. (2021). Performance Evaluation of Hand-Move Sprinkler Irrigation System: A Case Study in Rwanda . International Journal of Innovative Approaches in Agricultural Research, 5(1), 37-51. doi: 10.29329/ijiaar.2021.339.3

Niragire, T., Suheri, S. and Pande, S. (2021). Performance Evaluation of Hand-Move Sprinkler Irrigation System: A Case Study in Rwanda . International Journal of Innovative Approaches in Agricultural Research, 5(1), pp. 37-51.

Chicago 16th edition
Niragire, Theophile, Sinan Suheri and Suresh Kumar Pande (2021). "Performance Evaluation of Hand-Move Sprinkler Irrigation System: A Case Study in Rwanda ". International Journal of Innovative Approaches in Agricultural Research 5 (1):37-51. doi:10.29329/ijiaar.2021.339.3.

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