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Vol. 12, Special Issue 12 (2023)

The trickle-down effect: Confronting drip irrigation constraints

Author(s):
Sadhana HS, MN Venkataramana, Nayana HN and Ramu MS
Abstract:
Rapid industrialization and a growing global population have heightened the demand for agricultural products, placing immense pressure on essential resources like land and water. In India, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions, water scarcity is worsening as various sectors compete for this vital resource. Inefficient traditional flood irrigation systems result in significant water wastage, with effectiveness ranging from 25 percent to 40 percent. To address these challenges, farmers are increasingly adopting drip irrigation, a ground breaking technology that delivers water and nutrients directly to plant roots, reducing waste and enhancing crop yields. Drip irrigation is well-suited for various crops and terrains, offering the potential for water savings of up to 82 percent. However, the adoption of drip irrigation systems is hindered by several constraints, including technical issues like clogging and maintenance, infrastructural challenges such as insufficient electricity supply, financial barriers like high installation costs, and educational gaps in awareness and training. Overcoming these constraints is crucial to promoting widespread drip irrigation adoption, with a particular emphasis on addressing technical issues. A comprehensive approach, combining financial incentives, education, and technical support, is essential for making drip irrigation more accessible and contributing to sustainable and efficient agricultural practices.
Pages: 533-537  |  73 Views  38 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Sadhana HS, MN Venkataramana, Nayana HN and Ramu MS. The trickle-down effect: Confronting drip irrigation constraints. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023; 12(12S): 533-537.
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