What are the advantages of fertigation in agriculture?
- Controlling the alkalinity of irrigation water is possible.
- Efficient application of Rock Phosphate and all other phosphatic fertilizers is possible.
- Increased availability of nutrients to plants is possible.
- Reduction in the leaching of chemical nutrients is possible.
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- Fertigation is a technique of applying fertilizer by mixing it with irrigation water through a drip system.
- This method has several advantages, such as controlling soil alkalinity and weed growth, as well as increasing fertilizer use efficiency and crop yield.
- Urea and other highly water-soluble fertilizers are suitable for this method, while insoluble fertilizers like rock phosphate are not.
- Additionally, fertigation helps to prevent soil waterlogging and nutrient leaching.