Spark Africa: Treadle pump revolution in rural Zambia - Episode 3
Locally made 'treadle pump', which can be used to pump water by using muscle power, has caused a farming revolution in Zambia.
Growing food-crops on the shores of Zambia's Lake Kariba, the biggest man-made lake of Africa, is quite a challenge. Despite the nearby water the farmers are facing drought on their land. The locally made 'treadle pump', which can be used to pump water by using muscle power, has caused a revolution. Farmers are no longer dependent of the rain season that brings water ones or twice a year. The irrigation is a lot less heavy and the revenues are going up, since there's water in the dry periods as well. Also the quality of the products is improving. In association with Africa Interactive at www.africa-interactive.com.
March 6, 2013, 5:01 a.m.