Agricultural engineering

Agricultural Engineering is the area of engineering concerned with the design, construction and improvement of farming practises, equipment and machinery. Agricultural engineers integrate technology with farming. They design new and improved farming equipment to make farming operations more efficient, or perform new tasks.

We specialize in:

  • Irrigation system design;
  • Community food plot development;
  • Soil conservation structures design;
  • Agricultural structures design;
  • Feedlot design;
  • Mine rehabilitation;
  • Sub surface drainage design.

Projects Completed

Neckartal Irrigation Development

The Neckartal Irrigation Project is located in the Karas Region of southern Namibia, 30km west of Keetmanshoop. The Neckartal Dam was constructed in the Fish River, to provide irrigation water to some 5000ha of farming area located below the dam. The location of the 5000ha was based on soil investigations to find the best soils. The 5000ha was divided into smaller farms based on minimum economical farming units for the area.

Details of the project are as follows:

  • Client was Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
  • First phase covers 950ha divided into 33 farming units.
  • Irrigation water supply to the farms under pressure from holding dam and piping system.
  • Distribution pipes ranging from 200ND to 1000ND with total length of 7100m.
  • Sub-surface drainage system
  • Potable water supply to each holding

Sunnyside Irrigation Development

The Sunnyside Irrigation Project is located 7km north of Mackado in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The project consists of some 140ha of low-flow dipper irrigation with automated fertigation system on existing and new avocado and macadamia trees.  Boreholes were developed which pumped into a higher located balancing dam.  The boreholes were linked to a central computer management system. Water drawn from the balancing dam into the booster pump station is pumped, using four booster pumps, to 26 irrigation blocks with varying tree types and orchid areas. 

Details of the project are as follows:

  • Client was Halls South Africa
  • Five boreholes were equipped with flow and level monitoring equipment.
  • Balancing dam of 260m3.
  • Booster pump station with 4x pumps and filtration units.
  • Irrigation system consists of low-flow drippers with two to three lines per tree row.
  • Fully automated fertigation system.
  • Fully automated irrigation system
  • Distribution pipes ranging from 40ND to 200ND.

Mkulazi Agricultural Development – Feasibility Study

The Republic of Tanzania through the Tanzanian Investment Centre required a feasibility study be conducted for the development of 40 000ha of sugar cane and 20 000ha of rice in their Mkulazi agricultural area.  WSM Leshika was appointed and did the study which was accepted with appreciation.  The study proved that there was not sufficient water available for the kind of enterprise initially hoped for and proposed smaller areas of the required crops and further proposed other agricultural development, including an Agrihub, which will suit the water availability of the area better.

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