In definition, “fertigation is a process that combines fertilisation and irrigation”. Which means that you add fertiliser into the water system that’s been set up.
Fertigation is becoming the new norm in Sarawak’s agriculture industry. But why? What makes it any different from the older agriculture practices?
ADVANTAGES OF FERTIGATION/DRIP IRRIGATION
- The fertiliser and water soluble will be distributed equally to your plants.
- The use of fertigation practices helps to limit the number of workers needed in the farm. Which helps to save labour costs.
- It reduces the chances of soil erosion.
- It solves the issue of nutrient deficiencies in plants.
- You are able to control the time and rate that the water soluble will release to your plants.
- You are able to monitor the amount of nutrient each plant receives each time.
IS THE SYSTEM GOOD FOR YOUR PLANTS
There are definitely pros and cons to it, but the question is whether the pros outweigh the cons.
PROS: Using this system, you’re able to supply your plants with nutrients such as ammonium nitrate, urea, ammonia, mono-ammonium, phosphate, diammonium, phosphate and potassium chloride without needing to change the soil.
Things to look out for: As this system is intended to spread the fertilised soluble equally to each plant, it is best to separate each fertigation system based on the type of plants you’ll plant as each plant requires a different amount of fertilisers. DO NOT MIX different type of plants into one fertigation system.
Fertigation is a step forward towards improving the agriculture industry in Sarawak. At the moment, we highly depend on imported vegetables and fruits and those who have limited understanding of the process required to produce these crops would fail to make inform decisions when doing groceries.
However, with just an act of trying this system in your own backyard, you’ll be able to experience first hand how the system works, become BETTER and WELL-INFORM consumers while also having fresh greens every now and then from your own backyard.
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