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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(5): 2328-2335
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.605.260


Automated and Non-Automated Fertigation Systems Inside the Polyhouse- A Comparative Evaluation
Anjaly C. Sunny* and V.M. Abdul Hakkim
Department of Land and Water Resources and Conservation Engineering (LWRCE), KCAET (Kerala Agricultural University), Tavanur (P.O.), Malappuram (Dt.), Kerala – 679573, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Automated fertigation system is a highly advanced system for water and fertilizer administration in irrigated agriculture. It promises the application of water in right quantity along with right fertilizer at right time, thereby reducing fertilizer loss and labour resulting in saving of money with the help of an automated mechanism. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the performance of a timer based automated fertigation system with an FIP. Field evaluation of the developed automated fertigation system was carried out by growing salad cucumber variety ‘Saniya’ in grow bags inside a poly house located at Agricultural Research Station, Anakkayam. Comparative evaluation was carried out between biometric observations and yield parameters of the two sets of crops, one fertigated automatically with the developed system the other one fertigated using venturi injector. Data collected was subjected to statistical scrutiny viz., ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) and Student-t test. The main crop growth parameters like height of the plant, days to first flowering, days to 50 percentage flowering, days to initial budding, days to first harvest and leaf area index were observed. Yield parameters viz. size of the fruit, number of fruits harvested per plant and average yield were recorded during the study. Values of all these parameters were found to be better for the crops grown inside the polyhouse with automated fertigation compared to the other.


Keywords: Biometric observations, Cucumber, FIP, Fertigation, Polyhouse, Yield parameters
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Anjaly C. Sunny and Abdul Hakkim. 2017. Automated and Non-Automated Fertigation Systems inside the Polyhouse- A Comparative Evaluation.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(5): 2328-2335. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.605.260