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Drip irrigation of corn in the Gissar Valley


Title Drip irrigation of corn in the Gissar Valley
Category of tools Drip irrigation system
Field of application
  • Use of water resources
  • Use of land resources
Usability of practice for adaptation to climate change High
Implemented by NPO “TajikNIIGiM” (“Research and Development Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Reclamation of Tajikistan” Research and Manufacturing Association)
Used by

Country: Tajikistan

Province: Districts of Republican Subordination

District: Rudaki

Settlement: Radzhabov Farm

Local specifics
  • Located in the irrigated agriculture zone;
  • Ground water occurrence below 5 meters;
  • Typical gray soil, surface slope – 0.04.
Practice usage period

Start date: 01.01.2000

End date: 31.12.2003

Problem solved through this practice

Shortage of irrigation water;
Poor yields;
Low irrigation efficiency;
Eroded soil;
Low income of farmers.

Tools used in the practice

Corn drip irrigation system

Description of the practice and its results


  • Project design and budgeting, procurement of drip irrigation system;
  • Installation of drip irrigation system, corn planting and cultivation, crop care;
  • Accounting of water and resources.


Financial and economic:

increased labor productivity and farmer incomes, reduced production costs.


production of ecologically clean goods; prevention of water losses and soil erosion as well as improving soil ecological and reclamation condition.


twofold (52%) increase of corn yields compared to furrow irrigation, 51% saving of irrigation water.


increased wellbeing of local residents due to better agricultural yields; reduced hard manual labor.

Lessons learnt and recommendations made

Lessons learnt:

Application of drip irrigation ensures higher corn productivity and water saving as well as allows improving soil structure, watering efficiency, etc.


It is necessary to widely introduce drip irrigation systems to build up the efficiency of water and land resources, reduce manual labor costs and save irrigation water.

Source of practice

Domestic tools (outcomes of research by domestic R&D organizations)

Readiness for implementation

1. Cost of implementation: High

2. Approximate cost of investment per 1 ha: $3,500/ha

3. O&M costs: High

4. Expert support: Needed at implementation stage

Brief information on the project

Project title: Drip irrigation of corn in Gissar District.

Project duration: early 2000-late 2003.

Project goal and objectives: introduction of drip irrigation systems for corn; observance of optimal irrigation mode(s) and techniques ensuring 100 dt/ha and above corn yields with minimal energy consumption in the conditions of the Gissar Valley.

Project beneficiaries: land and water users of Yu. Radzhabov Farm

Project implementer: NPO “TajikNIIGiM”.

Funding source National budget, NPO “TajikNIIGiM”
Information sources

Research report by NPO “TajikNIIGiM”, Dushanbe, 2003, 46 p.

Form submission date 02.04.2018
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