20 Advantages and Disadvantages of Drip Irrigation System

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Drip irrigation system reduces water consumption by 50%. With drip irrigation, water applications are more frequent which provides a more favorable moisture level for the plants to thrive.

Drip Irrigation
Drip Irrigation

Advantages of Drip Irrigation

  • Water is used at maximum optimum level.
  • As water is applied locally and leaching is reduced, fertilizer/nutrient loss is minimized.
  • Weeds cannot absorb water as no water is available for them and thus grow in less number
  • Crop yield is maximum
  • Fertilizers can be used with high efficiency.
  • Minimum operating cost
  • No soil erosion
  • Soil infiltration capacity is increased.
  • Fertilizers and ground water is not mixed.
  • Seed germination is improved.
  • We can use recycled water safely.
  • It is not necessary to level the fields.
  • We can irrigate water in irregular shaped lands.
  • Waste of fertilizers is reduced by 50%
  • Energy cost is reduced as it is operated in lower pressure than other irrigation methods.

Disadvantages of Drip Irrigation

  • Initial cost is high.
  • May cause clogging if water is not filtered correctly.
  • Problems in moisture distribution.
  • Salinity problem.
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