A jerrycan means much more on the farm
A jerrycan is something most farmers take for granted, yet without it, moving water and other farm inputs which are in liquid form, from one part of the farm to another can be tedious.
A jerry can is one of the most versatile tools — a multi purpose implement, whose utilisation is only limited by the farmer’s creativity.
Besides fetching and storing water, a jerrycan can be modified to serve as feeding-trough or drinker for animals like chickens, to pigs and goats.
It can be used to carry both solid and liquid manure from the collection point to the garden. As it gets older, it can be cut into small pieces that can be heated and used as a seal to repair other jerry cans that may have leakage.
It can also be used as building material for different farm structures and can work as a simple seed bed, or potting material for different plants
For backyard farming enthusiasts, you can set up a productive vegetable patch on your veranda using old jerrycans split into trays, as garden beds.
You can also cut an old jerry can into half and use the lower half to dress up a new jerrycan ‘condom’ style as protective measure.
The material out of which jerrycans are made is very strong and can last many years with proper handling.
However, jerrycans that were originally designed to carry cooking oil, paint and engine oil tend to be stronger than those designed to carry water.
A new jerrycan costs about sh4,500 while an old one that originally contained cooking oil, engine oil and paint costs a little more.
So instead of throwing away that old jerry, try to use it on your farm. This will save money and at the same time the environment.