|Author:||Marwaha, B. C.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Indian agriculture with 39.22% gross irrigated area may be regarded as predominantly rain fed farming, utilizing almost 88% of the available water with only 30-35% water use efficiency. To correct this situation, Micro Irrigation Systems (MIS) in general and fertigation in particular may usher solution with water use efficiency in the range of 70-95% and improvement in crop yields by ~25%, at a lesser cost. Also, fertigation helps in improving the quality of produce, which could fetch better price both in the domestic and the overseas markets. However, in India, commercial fertigation which started in the early 1990s is still in its infancy stage. This could mainly be attributed to the lack of adequate awareness and certain misconceptions. However, fertigation may prove a blessing in disguise and a panacea for Indian Agriculture. Israel has done wonders in this respect in their agriculture, India having situation akin to that could also reap rich dividends with systematic adoption of micro-irrigation systems in general and of fertigation in particular.
|Pages:||97 - 101|
crop quality, crop yield, domestic markets, fertigation,marketing, microirrigation, plant water relations, prices, water useefficiency, world markets, India, South Asia, Asia, DevelopingCountries, Commonwealth of Nations, fertirrigation, AgriculturalEconomics (EE110), Supply, Demand and Prices (EE130), Marketing andDistribution (EE700), Plant Water Relations (FF062), Plant Production(FF100), Soil Water Management (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800)(Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil Water Management]