THE IMPORTANCE OF FERTIGATION TO OPTIMISE THE USE OF FERTILISERS
In order to achieve a good production and a quality crop, the use of fertilisers is recommended in the agronomic field, especially when the soil in which the crop is grown does not have sufficient resources to satisfy the needs of the crop.
In soils with low fertility, fertilisers increase the depth to which roots grow and help the plant to absorb nutrients. Buy considering that 20-40% of the fertiliser applied is assimilated by the crops and the rest is lost by various mechanisms, it is necessary to optimise the use of nutrients applied to the plant to achieve this increase in crop yield and quality.
The use of fertilisers in agricultura has not stopped growing in recent years; according to data from the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), in 2018 the amount of fertilisers was around 187 millions tonnes, and the forecasts ara that this amount will rise to 1914.4 millions tonnes in 2020. So the optimisation of fertilisers and the responsable and efficient use of irrigation water is the challenge of today’s agriculture.
To achieve maximum efficiency of water and fertilisers, without losses of any kind, there is fertigation; a technique that allows the simultaneous application of water and fertilisers through the irrigation system, optimising their responsable and efficient use.
FERTIGATION IS CURRENTLY THE MOST RATIONAL METHOD AVAILABLE FOR OPTIMISED FERTILISATION.