Proper design and layout of drip and fertigation system in apple orchards
Parveen Kumar Jain
Apple (Malus demestica) is produced commercially in countries in temperate regions of the world and in some high altitude area. The north western Himalayas are a suitable area for apple in India. The apple is believed to be healthy and it helps in alerting many incidences of dental caries, obesity, and supply energy also. The consumption and demand of apple is huge, due to health benefits and as such to meet this requirement new varieties were introduced which can be grown successfully in the low chilling area and in hot climate also. The crop productivity can be improved if they are supplied with proper moisture and nutrition. The new irrigation technology of trickle or drip irrigation can be successfully adopted in this crop. The drip irrigation is a system with high water efficiency particularly for tree crops on slopes’ process of supplying precise and slow application of water in the form of discreet drops, continuous drops, tiny streams or miniature sprays.The fertigation is another hand in hand technology that can also be used with drip water.by the nutrient efficiency can be achieved to higher levels.asn apple orchard bearing 150 tonnes/ha would have uptake of 128 kg N through the drip irrigation, 187 kg of K, 15 kg Pand 15 Kg of Caper ha in fruits.