Water-use efficiency with precision irrigation

Water-use efficiency with precision irrigation

Indian agriculture perpetually remains under various threats such as groundwater depletion, salinization, droughts, unusual or sudden heavy rains, and the inability to access water reserves. Precision irrigation works as an apt solution to combat most of these concerns through appropriate and adequate planning and usage of water.

Change the way you use water

Considering water as the scarcest, yet a priceless farming resource, precision irrigation aims at prudent usage of water throughout the process of farming. It brings the following benefits to the farmer’s table.

KEEPS RUN-OFF AND DEEP PERCOLATION AT BAY

Water is used precisely and is delivered directly to the plant roots in only the required proportions.This avoids critical issues such as run-offs and deep percolation.Besides, precision irrigation systems are customized to the soil’s and the plant’s water absorption abilities, thus ensuring that the water sticks to the active root zone and is utilized by the crop.This subsequently results in achieving a higher yield, with the use of lesser resources.

REUSING WASTE WATER

Waste water doesn't have to be waste, it can become an asset. Existing techniques cause a lot of wastage of water.However, with precision irrigation, water reaches the crops directly, and therefore it doesn’t come in contact with contaminants, subsequently resulting in preventing water from turning into waste.Moreover, you can reuse the previously wasted water and convert into a valuable resource for farming.

REDUCING EVAPORATION

Large sprinklers could cause water evaporation to a large extent (somewhere around 15-30%).Precision irrigation eliminates this possibility as it supplies water directly to the roots.This also refers to cultivating a comparatively larger piece of land.

ENHANCE SOIL CONDITION

Excessive application of water through irrigations systems such as pivot or flood could result in saturation conditions in the soil, further resulting in bad aeration, and distressing plants roots that don’t receive equal proportions of air and water.Nevertheless, with precision irrigation, as water is used in appropriate, and only the required quantities, and in accordance with the prevailing type, the air-water ratio is perfectly maintained, thus allowing crop growth as desired.

 

Netafim, with its extensive experience and expertise in modern farming techniques, helps farmers with tailor made precision irrigation systems, thus, in turn, helping them grow more in less!

Precision irrigation powers water-use efficiency in several ways:

Avoiding water-waste

Avoiding water-waste

Placing water only within the active root zone means we do not waste water in between crop rows, and we also avoid percolation of water below the active root zone. In other words, water is applied only where it can be efficiently consumed by the plant to produce more yield. 

Reducing run-off and leaching

Reducing run-off and leaching

The application of water and nutrients straight to the plant’s root zone in small and measured doses means there is no excessive application of water, and no surface run-off. It also means that there is no leaching of beneficial plant nutrients which would be both a waste of resources and a  groundwater contamination risk.

Reducing evaporation

Reducing evaporation

Applying water by pivot or sprinklers means 10-30% of your water evaporates before it reaches the ground.  Using precision irrigation means far less water is lost to evaporation. With drip irrigation evaporation is actually close to zero.

Enabling reuse of wastewater

Enabling reuse of wastewater

When using precision irrigation, contaminated water is delivered straight to the plant's roots and never comes in contact with the crop itself. This allows you to turn previously useless water into a valuable resource even when growing edible crops without creating any health risk to consumers.

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