- Mini irrigation units are next stage in the evolution from traditional irrigation with its large flow, high pressure and long jet range (self-propelled and large-scale irrigation units), increasingly impractical these days due to its questionable effects on crops and the environment.
- In fact an old-fashioned irrigation system can be replaced with standing irrigation units with low flow rates, low pressure and short to medium jet range.
- The lower volume is the meeting point of localised drip irrigation and traditional irrigation methods.
- Low flow is not an alternative to drip irrigation, but often complementary to it.
- Energy saving: The system operates at low pressure (2 to 5 bar), low flow rate and low precipitation rate, from 2 to 5 mm/h, equivalent to 20-50 m³/h/ha.
- Saves water and fertiliser by greater control of soaking depth in the soil due to more efficient system
- Reduced costs of installation: the use of pressure compensating irrigation units with low flow rate allows branches to be longer.
- Reduced labour costs: greater areas can be irrigated with the same amount of available water, and the system can easily be automated.
- Excellent flexibility and adaptability to crop and land conditions (large and small plots).
- Central or head installations (pumping, buried and surface tubes, filters etc) are smaller and therefore less costly than in similar systems.