Fertilisation is the feeding of plants, while Fertigation is the feeding of plants by means of first dissolving the nutrients in the irrigation water. Hence the name “Fertigation” which is a combination of the two words “Fertilisation” and “Irrigation”.
Advantages of Fertigation
- Uniform application of the fertilisers throughout the irrigated area.
- The amounts and concentrations of nutrients can be accurately calculated and fed to the plant on a daily basis, based on the plant needs and the climatic conditions.
- Improving fertiliser efficiency and reducing nutrients leaching below the root zone.
- Saving of time and labor. Increasing yield production and quality.
- Suitable for all types of irrigation systems and growth conditions.
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Find the notes on fertigation on the International Fertiliser Association website at www.fertilizer.org. These include “Fertigation: A nutrient- and water-efficient precision agriculture tool”.
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