Afriq Water Management (Pty) Ltd
Afriq Water Management is the brainchild of Wynand Ueckermann, who started the business in June 2015. Wynand, the Group CEO, has extensive experience suitable to provide services and products within the irrigation market.
He is supported by his wife, Hélana, who has experience in administration, operations and marketing specifically in a management and strategic capacity.
There are few entities that inspires confidence such as a family business. Each person on the team has a personal stake in the business. Nobody in the business is involved for short term gain, but rather a future for the whole family that is sustainable for the long term. It is for that reason that Karl Ueckermann and Justine Janse van Vuuren, the son and daughter of Wynand and Helana are involved in the business.
In 2015 Afriq Water Management identified the need to have more cost-effective and easier to manage quick coupling irrigation products available as opposed to expensive and difficultly movable systems that was available, typically manufactured from steel. They sourced the HDPE Quick Coupling Sprinkler System from Turkey, which addressed the requirements off affordability and ease of movement both
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Irrigating for a greener tomorrow
Since early 2020 Afriq Water has shared with you that they are in process to import a top of the class dripline manufacturing machine. The benefits of manufacturing on site as opposed to imports, are plenty, most importantly there will be a cost saving.
Secondly there will be certainty of stock availability. What is not on the floor, will be manufactured within a week or two, addressing the irrigation needs of the farmer or retailer quickly and effectively.
Why Drip Irrigation?
Southern Africa, and in fact most of Africa is a water scares region. Large numbers of people struggle to have access to clean drinkable water. It is the responsibility of each user of water to use water as wisely as possible. In terms of irrigation, the most effective way is drip irrigation. Drip irrigation is the most efficient water delivery system for irrigation. It delivers water directly to the plant's root-zone, in the right amounts, at the right time. This ensures that each plant gets the exact amount of water, at the right time for optimal growth.
Drip irrigation is not only the most effective way of delivering water, but also the best possible way to deliver water soluble fertiliser and other plant requirements. Farmers can achieve optimum yields while saving water, fertiliser, and labour costs.
Selection of dripline
The farmer selects the emitter spacing and wall thickness of the dripline according to his needs. The emitter spacing is determined by the requirements of the crop, plant spacing, and the soil's physical traits.
The dripper is selected with a specific flow rate suited to the crop and conditions. Each emitter discharges the exact amount of water and fertilisers (if applied), resulting in the consistent application of water and nutrients directly to each plant's root-zone, across an entire field.
Since early 2020 Afriq Water has shared with you that they are in process to import a top of the class dripline manufacturing machine. The benefits of manufacturing on site as opposed to imports, are plenty, most importantly there will be a cost saving. Secondly there will be certainty of stock availability. What is not on the floor, will be manufactured within a week or two, addressing the irrigation needs of the farmer or retailer quickly and effectively.
The Benefits of Dripline
- Lower water consumption.
- High crop yields and quality.
- Easy installation and dismantling.
- Irrigates uniformly on any topography and soil type, with precise water distribution and less puddling.
- Energy savings: drip irrigation works on low pressure.
- Efficient use of fertilizer, fungicide, and insecticide with no seeping.
- Reduced weed growth.
- Less dependency on weather conditions which leads to greater stability and lower risk.
Benefits to the Plants
With sprinkler and flood irrigation plants often get an "overdose" of water once every few days, as opposed to a steady and constant application of water. As a result, the plant/crops suffer bouts of drought, which is not ideal for plant development and growth. Dripline can apply water and nutrients frequently and in small doses, ensuring the best growing conditions that helps produce the highest yields possible.
Plants benefit from dripline because the consistent availability of water and nutrients, with tailored doses of water and nutrients for the plant's development needs. All types of crops are suitable for this method of irrigation. From field crops such as maize, soya bean or sugarcane, to vegetables and tree crops.
The initial layout of dripline can be more costly than other irrigation methods, but farmers should calculate return on investment over a longer period of time, taking into consideration increases in crop yields while saving on inputs (water, fertiliser, energy and labour). Dripline can pay for itself in a relatively short period of time and ensure higher profit. With 95 - 100% water-use efficiency, this method of irrigation is known to be one of the most efficient irrigation methods. This is compared to sprinkler irrigation that offer 80 - 85% water use efficiency or flood and furrow irrigation that offer 60 - 70% water-use efficiency.
Afriq Water's Quick Coupling irrigation system is a reliable, durable and cost-effective irrigation system that offers a cost-effective alternative to the old-fashioned steel pipe systems.
The system can be utilised to compliment and support other irrigation systems e.g., dragline systems and drip line systems as lateral lines; or alternatively to be used on its own as a sprinkler system or as main lines for water transportation
The smooth interior ensures low frication loss, thus increasing the efficiency of the system. The system consists of pipes, normally 6m (but various pipe lengths available) which are joined by ingenious quick coupling latch fittings.
The fittings have gaskets that allows for leak-free joints that can be used in all topographical conditions. The couplings are orange, which assists with visibility in fields. Because the system is manufactured of HDPE it is light weight and can easily be moved and assembled by one person.
The system has been used for the past 40 years in all climate conditions, from harsh frozen winters to extremely hot summers. It is UV protected and is very durable; the Southern African weather and direct sunlight poses no challenge for this unique product.
Water filtration is important for ALL irrigation systems, including the Quick Coupling Sprinkler System
Filters for Sprikler Irrigation
Filters can extend the life of and lower the maintenance of your sprinkler system; even for some sprinkler systems that is used to spread solids, such as manure, which usually have incorporated some form of filtration upstream of the system to prevent solids which are too large from entering the system.
Filters for Drip Irrigation
For drip systems, filters are an absolute necessity to prevent emitters from becoming clogged.
Always use the highest level of filtration that is practical.
What if you already have an irrigation system without a filter?
To install a filter or filters into an existing irrigation system is a piece of cake and can be inserted at any stage between the sprinklers or dripline and the water source.
Afriq Water support all their products with expert advice to clients to assist in optimizing the correct irrigation solution provided. Determine irrigation requirements