The site for Himalayan Institute Cameroon’s (HIC) Energy Farming project in Kishong is beautiful: a large hill leads down to a stream, which runs along the base of the land. The dry season leaves this area without water for six months at a time, so without irrigation the growing season is limited to only half the year. However, over the past few months, plans to irrigate the land have begun to take shape.
Irrigation infrastructure will enable the School of Energy Farming to do proper nursery and crop multiplication, as well as provide water for its demonstration facilities. One possible method for irrigation would involve digging a well at the base of the land and then pumping the water up to tanks, which would be located at the top of the hill. From there, gravity would do all the work, piping the water to sprinklers across the land.
An added advantage to this proposal is that the well would provide a fresh source of water to the people of that rural community who often have to travel to get water during the dry season. Last week, preliminary measurements were made in Kishong to decide the location for the well and pump system.