Traditionally, drip irrigation in the UK is assembled on the farm utilising the available labour. Tens of thousands of drippers are manually inserted into pre-punched pipe in a task that, whilst being repetitive and arduous, requires skill and experience in order to ensure the integrity of the completed system. As the cost for labour increases and the availability of that labour reduces the Edward Vinson Farm Manager, Gerard Olivier, was looking for a way to install drip irrigation with a reduced labour input and at the same time reduce some of the problems which can occur from incorrect assembly on site.
Gerard visited the Netafim production facility to see the production of the drip system and importantly the automated drip assembly. The pre-assembled drip system is delivered to site fully assembled and needs only to be laid out across the beds and connected to the hydraulic system.
Satisfied with the way that the drip was assembled and supplied Edward Vinson ordered assembled drip for their most recent expansion.
In the future we will always try to use a pre-assembled drip system. The system from Netafim allows us to use our labour in other areas and the quality of the end system was significantly better than that of a farm assembled system.Gerard Oliver, Farm Manager, Edward Vinson Ltd
The new system was delivered to meet the required lead time and successfully installed at Sandbanks Farm using minimal local labour. The quality of the installation clearly exceeded that of traditionally installed systems.